What is guided surgery
Guided surgery in dentistry is an established technique that uses digital technologies such as Cone Beam (CBCT) and planning software to optimize the accuracy and safety of Implant surgery. This technology relies on the use of radiographic images and scanned data to create a virtual model of the patient, allowing the Surgeon to plan the surgery in detail prior to execution through the indications provided by the prosthodontist . This technique, allows the surgeon to plan the placement of dental implants in prosthetic function in detail prior to the actual surgery
Advantages of guided surgery in Implantology:
Accuracy: Three-dimensional virtual planning and the resulting Surgical Template allow the surgeon to precisely place dental implants or perform other surgical procedures, such as apicectomies, bone harvesting and grafting, etc., while minimizing trauma and discomfort to the patient .
Safety: With accurate planning, Guided Surgery allows for the prediction and prevention of potential complications before surgery, greatly reducing the risk of damaging delicate anatomical structures, such as nerves, blood vessels or maxillary sinuses. Virtual planning allows dental implants to be placed very accurately, taking into consideration the amount of available bone, desired angulation, and other anatomical variables. This leads to less invasive surgeries and greater patient safety.
Reduced healing time: Virtual planning and the use of surgical guides can significantly reduce the time required for surgery. This is definitely beneficial for both the Surgeon and the patient, as it allows surgery to be performed in a less invasive manner, dramatically decreasing the risks of complications and postoperative healing time.
Increased success rates of dental implants: With the precision and correct positioning of dental implants in prosthetic function, guided surgery can improve the long-term success rates of dental implants. More so when there are anatomical limitations such as insufficient bone volumes or complex anatomical deformities, guided surgery can certainly be a valuable support in both the surgical and prosthetic phases