Guided Implant Surgery: Discover the Benefits of Guided Implant Surgery
Guided Implant Surgery

Guided Implant Surgery

What is guided implant surgery?

Guided implant surgery is a dental procedure that uses advanced technology to precisely place dental implants in the jawbone. It involves the use of computer-guided software and 3D imaging techniques to create a virtual surgical plan before the actual procedure. The virtual plan helps determine the optimal position, angle, and depth for placing the dental implant, ensuring accurate placement. This technique offers several benefits over traditional implant surgery, including increased accuracy, reduced risk of complications, and improved patient comfort.

How does it work?

3D imaging and printing has revolutionised tooth replacement

Using cutting-edge technology we provide you with the perfect new teeth and smile, securely anchored on dental implants. 

Thanks to unparalleled advancements in 3D imaging and printing technology , we can now achieve levels of precision, speed, and final outcome that were previously unimaginable.

We begin by digitally planning for your new teeth, which will anchor to the dental implants.

Based on this plan we create a personalised implant procedure for you using a custom made surgical guide. This device ensures that your implant procedure goes according to plan. 

It is 100% locally owned, developed and produced in Melbourne, this Australian product is taking the global lead in digitally powered tooth replacement.

The Australian technology & team

We use a world-class technology and production hub located in St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The team of experts, including engineers , dentists, doctors, biotechnologists, technicians, and other specialists, collaborates to design and create the ideal treatment and restoration for you.

Custom-made 3D printed Guide

We use a world-renowned 3D printed surgical stent (MGUIDE) to perform your treatment plan with utmost precision. We custom make this device for you so you get the safest, easiest and most precise care possible. This device has been shown to reduce your time in the chair, significantly enhance treatment outcomes, speed up your recovery and minimise post–operative swelling and pain.

The perfect final restoration and smile

Our cross-disciplinary team collaborates to design and produce the ideal final teeth to be anchored to your implants. These teeth are created through a CAD/CAM technology and meticulously handcrafted by master ceramists to ensure the highest possible quality. 

You are unique and deserve a smile tailored specifically to you.

How long does the surgery take?

Guided implant surgery duration can vary based on factors like complexity and the number of implants. The process involves preoperative planning, surgical guide fabrication, and the surgery itself. On average, the surgical phase takes 30-40 minutes per implant. Recovery is relatively quick, but complete osseointegration may take 2-3 months. Individual cases differ, and patients should consult with their oral surgeon for a specific timeframe. The surgeon’s expertise and equipment availability can also impact the procedure’s duration.

Am I a candidate for guided implant surgery?

If you have missing or badly damaged teeth or if you wear a denture, dental implants have the potential to significantly enhance your smile and quality of life. There are some patients whose health or circumstances may make them unsuitable or may need to be managed prior:

  • Uncontrolled gum disease.
  • Diseases that may affect your ability to heal such as Immunosuppression/immunological disease, or diabetes.
  • Diseases or medications that may affect your bones e.g., osteoporosis, previous radiotherapy, or disorders of the bone.
  • Severe liver or kidney disease or previous organ transplantation.

You may still be eligible for dental implant treatment. Discuss any issue with your dentist for a personalised recommendation about your suitability. Make sure you advise the dentist of all your current and past medical history, including medications which you currently take or took previously.

What does the medical research say about guided implant surgery?

Based on the research findings from various studies, we can draw a few conclusions about guided implant surgery:

  1. Comparison with Conventional Treatment Protocols: A critical review based on randomised controlled trials, published on PubMed, suggests that the implant survival rate and effectiveness of guided implant surgery are similar to those of conventional digital implant placement procedures. However, it notes that there might be a reduction in post-operative pain, surgical time, and overall costs associated with guided implant surgery.
  2. Accuracy of Implant Placement: Another study published on PubMed conducted a retrospective cohort study to assess the accuracy of virtual planning in computer-guided surgery compared to actual clinical outcomes. This study found that computer-guided surgery, particularly with the flapless approach, showed greater accuracy in implant placement.
  3. Clinical Advantages: A systematic review from the British Dental Journal, focusing on the clinical advantages of computer-guided implant placement, found that computer-guided techniques offer significant benefits. This review underscores the importance of guided implant surgery in improving the safety and predictability of dental implant procedures​​.

These studies indicate that guided implant surgery can be as effective as conventional methods, with potential advantages in terms of accuracy, post-operative recovery, and surgical efficiency.

Benefits of guided implant surgery

Safe and predictable tooth replacement 

98%of dental implant patients are either happy or very happy with their treatment outcome. 3D implants are meticulously planned to ensure you get the best result.

Preserves your face 

Dental implants help you exercise your jaw bones and muscles to keep them fit and healthy. They help maintain a youthful face and appearance.

Preserve your smile

Dental implants can maintain the shape of your dental arch and positions of your remaining teeth so your smile remains comfortable and gap free.

Your remaining teeth are safe

There’s no need to cut down your remaining teeth to place crowns and bridges. You get all the benefits of a fixed tooth replacement without causing damage to the remaining teeth. 

Minimally invasive procedure 

3D guided keyhole procedure is minimally invasive meaning a virtually pain-free procedure. In comparison, traditional implant surgery often requires a longer, more invasive surgical procedure and additional recovery time. 

Efficient process 

3D guided technology makes most implants a quick and simple procedure. The planned computer guided process helps us plan your final teeth in advance, to make the outcome more predictable and accurate.

Fast recuperation 

Given the minimally invasive procedure, most patients experience very little postoperative discomfort, meaning you can get straight back to enjoying life and work.

Predictable, optimal final result

Your best possible new teeth and smile are planned at the Melbourne headquarters utilising the world-leading computer guided software and 3D printers. Your custom made key-hole device ensures your implants and new teeth are exactly as planned.

*Disclaimer: This information should not be regarded as dental or medical advice and must be regarded as preliminary and for general information purposes only. See your dentist for a face- to- face consultation, examination and diagnostic procedure to receive medical advice. All cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and other dental or surgical procedures contain risks.

Greenvale Dental Group