Guided Surgery for Dental Implants
The doctors at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery are recognized as national experts in the techniques used for the minimally invasive placement of dental implants. They have been at the forefront of the development and use of this dental technology for almost two decades. Dr. Orentlicher has been teaching doctors how to place dental implants using Guided Surgery for well over a decade.
What is Guided Surgery?
Guided Surgery is a minimally invasive technique for the planning and placement of dental implants. Guided Surgery uses reverse engineering and virtual digital computer planning to increase the accuracy and precision of dental implant placement. After appropriate records are taken, the final teeth are planned virtually. This planning data is then imported into software applications that allow us to plan the ideal implant(s) for your anatomy and specific situation.
We can plan the best implant locations, diameters, lengths, angulations, and depths for your case. This is all done prior to any surgery. Once your implant plan is created, the planning files are used to create an appliance, which is used at surgery, to place the implants in the exact locations as virtually planned.
Why is Guided Surgery minimally invasive?
Conventional “freehand” dental implant placement commonly requires an incision in the gum tissue over the area(s) where the implants are to be placed. The tissue is then elevated off the underlying bone (termed a “tissue flap”) to expose the planned implant site. To visualize the jawbone in the area(s) for implant placement, the tissue flap commonly is elevated not just at the top of the jawbone, but also down along the sides. With Guided Surgery, since the types and exact positions of the planned implants are known prior to surgery, either a minimal tissue flap is made (termed a “mini-flap”) or sometimes implants can be placed “flapless,” with no incisions at all!
What can I expect after my implants are placed using Guided Surgery?
Since Guided Surgery is a minimally invasive way to place dental implants, it is also minimally traumatic. As such, after surgery most patients have less pain, less swelling, and a quicker recovery and ability to return to their normal lives and function. Although less traumatic, patients must treat the implant sites with the same after-surgery care as if the implants were placed non-Guided.
Can Guided Surgery be used in my case?
With few exceptions, Guided Surgery can be used in every type of dental implant case. If you are replacing one tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete arch of teeth, Guided Surgery can be used.
Would you like to see examples of Guided Surgery patient cases?
Please view images of Guided Surgery cases in our Smile Gallery, by clicking here.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to learn more about minimally invasive dental implant placement using Guided Surgery, call us at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery at (914) 768-8220 today!