Guided surgery is based on the use of specially designed software that makes it possible to position the implant virtually using a prosthetic guide.
Computer-guided surgery has already been used successfully for complete rehabilitation of the upper arch with immediately loadable “Toronto bridge” prosthesis, offering the requisite primary stability. The technology can provide immediate and highly accurate readings of elements such as bone density, thanks to image-processing software designed to facilitate optimal preparation of the implant site.
After the first impression is taken, the procedure is carried out virtually. The surgical template is made in .stl format based on a scan of the plaster model. The .stl file converts the object into tiny triangular components to aid analysis.
Patients enjoy the benefit of a significantly shorter procedure, with the additional advantage that the prosthesis is fixed stably to the bone.
What is guided surgery
Guided surgery revolutionises dentistry, enabling more specific diagnosis, virtual planning of surgical procedures, quicker treatment and reduced risk of error. This software-based technique makes diagnosis and therapy more streamlined, safer and more precise, allowing simpler procedures to be offered to an increasingly demanding clientele. Being able to plan the prosthetic phase in advance optimises the procedure, leading to better aesthetic results and eliminating the fear and stress associated with the multiple, painful sessions required by traditional implantology.
Increases aesthetic and reduces invasiveness to the minimum.
Guided surgery is a technique used to plan implants and set their inclination, depth and direction. A prosthesis can be prepared prior to the procedure using digital simulation. The procedure can be planned using software, which can either be purchased or be hired for single use (the “one shot” option).
OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE
Guided surgery is based on the use of three-dimensional reconstruction of all or part of the dental arch. All decisions are made before surgery, providing more predictable aesthetic and functional results. Prior digital planning based on evaluation and prosthetic criteria speeds up the process and allows the most suitable solution for each individual case to be developed.
The comprehensive visualisation made possible by the software means that the advantages of treatment decisions can be explained clearly to the patient. This improves communication between practitioner and patient and reinforces patient confidence.
Provided the quantity and quality of the bone and gums are adequate, this innovative solution enables flapless surgery, a minimally invasive procedure which is quicker than traditional open-flap surgery and which is associated with reduced healing time.
The prosthetic components can be selected in advance so that the temporary prosthesis can be made and immediately loaded.