What is an implant guide?
- a custom made appliance that shows the positions of your new teeth
- when placed in your mouth, the surgeon knows exactly where
to place the implants
Why are implant guides so important?
- a successful bridge should look natural, feel comfortable and be easy to clean
- this result is only possible when the implants are placed in the correct positions
- implant guides allow for accurate implant placement, increase safety and reduce complications
How is it used?
An implant guide is placed in the mouth and is similar to the blueprint for a new house:
- the blueprint shows the contractor where to put the foundation for the house
- if the foundation is not correct, the contractor cannot build the planned house
- the surgical guide helps the surgeon place the implants in the correct position:
- if the implant positions are not correct, the dentist cannot make a successful implant bridge
There are 3 types of implant guides:
An accurate guide should:
- show the positions of the new teeth of the bridge
- not move during the implant surgery
Type 1: Hand-held Guide
- Shows the new teeth
- implants are placed through the opening behind the teeth
- Low accuracy
- this guide is difficult for the surgeon to hold steady
when placing the implants
Type 2: Anchored Guide
- Improved accuracy
- guide is anchored with a metal pin
- Does not show new teeth
- vertical lines help with correct implant spacing
Type 3: Surgical Template
- High accuracy
- the guide is anchored with multiple pins
- The guide is based on the positions of the new teeth
- computer software and a virtual 3-D model of the new
teeth are used to design and make the template
- Recent surgical innovation
- not every surgeon will have the specialized training needed
to design and use the template
Implant Guide Summary:
1. The appearance and comfort of your new teeth depends on correct implant positions.
2. To achieve the best positions, the surgeon should use an implant guide.
3. There are 3 types of implant guides.
Type of Implant Guide
|Advantage ||Disadvantage |
|Shows new teeth ||Low accuracy|
|Improved accuracy||Does not show new teeth|
Shows new teeth
* The use of a template is a recent development in implant surgery; not every surgeon will have the specialized training needed
to design and use the template.
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