Guided Implant Surgery

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Guided Implant Surgery

Guided implant surgery is an advanced technique used in dental implant procedures, offering a higher level of precision, safety, and efficiency compared to traditional implant placement methods. This innovative approach leverages digital planning, 3D imaging, and computer-generated surgical guides to streamline the implant process and optimise outcomes. 

The process of placing your implant is relatively simple and fast. We can do this thanks to the advanced technology and thorough planning that begins during your consultation, which enables us to achieve the predictability and efficiency associated with modern implant placement. 

Digital scanners and 3d X-ray technology right here at South West Rocks Family Dental enables precise placement of implants, reducing the risk of complications and improving the success rate of the procedure. Guided implant surgery involves a series of steps, including obtaining a 3D image of your jawbone as well as a highly accurate digital scan, creating a digital surgical guide, and using the guide during the implant placement procedure. This technique is particularly beneficial for complex cases, such as those involving multiple implants or limited bone volume, and can also reduce the overall treatment time and improve patient comfort.

Pros and Cons of Guided Implant Surgery


Precision: Guided implant surgery provides a higher level of accuracy in implant placement, reducing the risk of complications and improving the overall success rate of the procedure.

Safety: The use of 3D imaging and surgical guides minimises the risk of damage to nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding teeth during implant placement.

Efficiency: Guided implant surgery streamlines the implant process, potentially shortening surgery time and reducing the number of appointments needed.

Minimally Invasive: In some cases, guided implant surgery allows for a flapless approach, which involves less tissue manipulation, reduced postoperative discomfort, and faster healing times.

Predictable Outcomes: The digital planning and surgical guides provide greater predictability in implant placement and final restoration, improving both function and aesthetics.


Cost: Guided implant surgery can cost a little more than free hand implant placement due to the surgical guide fabrication.

Not Suitable for All Cases: In some complex cases, guided implant surgery may not be the most appropriate option, and traditional implant placement methods may be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions about Guided Implant Surgery

Guided implant surgery is an advanced technique for dental implant placement that uses digital planning, 3D imaging, and computer-generated surgical guides to improve the precision, safety, and efficiency of the procedure.

Traditional implant surgery involves the dentist using their judgement and experience to place the implant directly into the jawbone. Guided implant surgery utilises digital planning, 3D imaging, and customised surgical guides to provide a more precise and predictable implant placement.

Guided implant surgery can be more expensive due to the surgical guide fabrication. However, the increased precision and predictability may offset the additional cost by reducing the risk of complications and implant failure.

Not all dentists offer guided implant surgery, as it requires specialised training and equipment.

As with traditional implant surgery, guided implant surgery is typically performed under local anaesthesia, so patients should not feel pain during the procedure. Some discomfort, swelling, or bruising may be experienced after the surgery, but these symptoms can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and should subside within a few days.

While guided implant surgery offers increased precision and safety, there are still potential risks, such as infection, bleeding, or damage to surrounding structures.

The guided implant surgery process takes several months from start to finish, including the initial consultation, digital planning, surgical guide fabrication, implant placement, and the restorative phase. The actual surgery time may be shorter compared to traditional implant surgery, as the surgical guide streamlines the implant placement process.

Guided implant surgery is suitable for most patients requiring dental implants. However, in some complex cases or patients with certain health conditions, traditional implant placement methods or specialists may be necessary.

Yes, guided implant surgery can be used for the placement of single or multiple dental implants, making it a versatile option for various tooth replacement scenarios.

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