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 What is ImplantPilot® and guided surgery ?

ImplantPilot® is a form of guided implant surgery. Guided implant surgery is where the entire implant placement is planned, from impression to the initial placement itself. All the patient needs is an impression of their mouth and to have a CT scan taken. From there, is it all down to ImplantPilot® to help plan and restore the tooth/teeth that need to be replaced. Guided surgery is intended to help the dentist and it also to make sure that the patient gets the safest implant placement possible. Guided surgery can also reduce chair time, ensuring that the patient has a smoother implant placement, and therefore less stress during the procedure.

What are the advantages of having guided implant surgery?

There are many advantages of having guided implant surgery, but please find below just a few advantages of these.

THOROUGH IMPLANT PLANNING

The main advantage of having guided implant surgery is the fact that the implant placement is planned in advance. This allows the dentist to be able to properly place the implant, and also prepare the restorative features needed for the implant. The placement is planned using new digital planning software and CT scans to ensure the most accurate and safe implant placement is achieved. The dentist will also have the opportunity to identify any bone defects prior to any surgery.

REDUCED SURGERY TIME

Because the implant placements are entirely planned from impression to implant placement, this means there is a lot of preparation time, but less time within surgery itself. Guided surgery saves a lot of time because it is simply a case of following instructions, without any complications that can arise with free hand surgery.

LESS INVASIVE

Guided surgery is a way of placing an implant without the need to raise soft tissue, by simply using a tissue punch at the site where the implant needs to be placed. Therefore, the dentist will not have to suture the implant site, which means it will be more comfortable for you during the healing process.

COMFORT OF PROCEDURE

An inbuilt method of retracting and protecting soft tissue during surgery makes the implant placement generally more comfortable and makes the implant placement site more accessible for the dentist.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

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IMPRESSION

Your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower arch so that an accurate planning model can be created – The impression tray will have a LEGO® brick attached, which will be used as a reference point. This can be done on the day of the consultation as it will only take 10 minutes

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THE CT SCAN

In order to guarantee that the implant placement is planned accurately, a CT scan of your jaw is required to measure bone position and density, as well as to identify nerves so that the implant placement does not damage them. The CT scan will be done either at the practice or at a referred site

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LAB WORK AND PLANNING

The dentist will then the send the impression back to our lab to start scanning study models to be uploaded onto our planning software. Once the scans have been completed, your dentist can then start planning the placement. When planning, they will be able to identify any bone defects/complications that affect whether or not implants can be placed with the help of CT & Lab scans.

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GUIDE WORK AND IMPLANT PLACEMENT

Once the planning procedure has been completed, the information is sent to the milling company to create your specialised guide. Once the guide is made, it will then be sent back to your dental practice along with a drill sequence sheet ready for the date of implant placement. If an immediate crown/bridge is required, this will have also been made in preparation for the implant placement date.

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