Freehand VS Computer-Guided Dental Implant Placement

June 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dolandental @ 2:11 am

Digital image of dental implantMore than 500,000 people every year are choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth. As the only method to recreate the entire tooth structure, a dental implant closely looks and feels like a real tooth. Not to mention, they offer predictable results with over a 95% success rate. Your results can last for decades thanks to new advancements in the procedure, like computer-guided dental implant surgery. More dentists are choosing to leave freehand placement in the past, and for good reasons.

Freehand VS Guided Implant Surgery

A dental implant differs from traditional treatments because it replaces both the root and crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw to mimic a root. An abutment is attached to the post to connect a custom-made restoration. The overall success of the procedure relies on the correct placement of the post. The implant will stimulate new bone growth, allowing the jaw to integrate with it through a process called osseointegration. The slightest miscalculation when placing the post can ultimately lead to dental implant failure.

The traditional method of placing a post involves using X-rays to assess the bone and oral anatomy. Despite digital images and other advancements, even the most qualified implant dentist can make a miscalculation. 

Computer-guided implant surgery removes any room for error using a CT scan. The digital imaging technology provides more in-depth information to see areas of your oral structures that aren’t visible using traditional X-rays. Not to mention, the CT scan integrates with advanced software to pinpoint the precise location for an implant post. 

A surgical guide is fabricated using elite technology for pre-planned implant placement. This offers unmatched accuracy to ensure the long-term success of the procedure. In addition, there’s less trauma during the placement surgery for a quicker recovery. 

Benefits of Guided Implant Surgery

Investing in dental implants is a big commitment. Don’t risk your new smile by settling for less than the best. Although you’ll pay more for guided implant placement, it is money well spent to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. Overall, you’ll advantage from many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Accuracy: State-of-the-art technology creates a surgical template for the precise location for the posts.
  • Fewer Risks: A CT scan shows all oral structures and surrounding tissues in a 3D model to reduce unexpected complications during the surgery.
  • Quicker Procedure: Guided implant surgery takes the guesswork out of the process to streamline the placement of your posts.
  • Improve Patient Education: Your dentist can use the scans to explain the procedure for a better understanding about the road ahead.

Don’t risk your new smile with outdated methods. Invest in the best with computer-guided dental implant placement.

About Dr. Thomas C. Dolan

Dr. Dolan earned his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry and regularly continues his education to provide up-to-date services. He embraces the latest technologies for superior services. If you are interested in dental implants, contact our office today to request your consultation.