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What Are Surgical Guides for Dental Implants?

Dental implants stand out for their durability and ability to look and function just like natural teeth. However, achieving that natural look and feel depends on impeccable placement within the jaw bone and overlying gums. Placing dental implants is much more accurate when a dentist uses a game-changing tool called a surgical guide. Let’s dive into what exactly a custom surgical guide is, and how we use it to enhance dental implant surgery. 

What Is a Surgical Guide for Dental Implants?

A surgical guide is a specialized instrument that helps dentists place dental implants as accurately as possible. The guide looks a lot like a clear retainer, with holes that indicate exactly where to position the implant posts for optimal function and aesthetics.  

What sets surgical guides apart is their tailor-made design. They are custom-crafted to fit seamlessly over the patient’s teeth or gums. The custom fit ensures that the dental implants are precisely placed for optimum appearance, function, and longevity. 

How Are Surgical Guides Made?

Because they are tailored to each individual, the process of fabricating a surgical guide begins with the quick and simple process of taking digital impressions of the patient’s mouth and jaw. The scans are then uploaded to computer-aided design (CAD) software, which expertly designs the surgical guide so it can be manufactured with the perfect dental implant placement. 

Traditionally, you would have to wait until the guide comes back from the lab to undergo dental implant surgery, which can take weeks. But at Copper Creek Dental, we have the technology to efficiently design and fabricate custom surgical guides in-house, so it is possible to undergo dental implant surgery the same day the scans are taken. 

Four Benefits of Using a Surgical Guide for Dental Implant Surgery

1: Improved Accuracy

Dental implant sites can be extremely difficult to see, which makes accurate placement challenging. But using a surgical guide ensures that the dental implants are perfectly placed. Surgical guides reduce the risk of complications like dental implant failure that are caused by improper placement.  

2: Reduced Surgery Time

Another significant benefit of surgical guides is that they help reduce the overall surgery time. The guide provides a template for the exact implant placement, so the oral surgeon doesn’t have to take extra time to locate the implant site. This is especially helpful for procedures that require placing more than one implant, such as implant-supported dentures

3: Faster Recovery and Less Pain

Freehand dental implant surgery is typically more invasive, leading to a longer recovery time. Knowing exactly where to place the implant post makes the surgery as simple as possible, promoting faster healing after surgery.  Also, because we don’t have to pull back the gums from the bone, the level of pain after surgery is minimal.

4: Improved Aesthetics

Precise placement also helps give the dental implant the most aesthetically pleasing appearance. Placing a dental implant without a guide can give it an unnatural angle, an unattractive gap, or make it stand out from the existing teeth. A surgical guide allows the resulting smile to look as natural as possible. 

Guided Dental Implant Surgery in South Jordan, Utah

Are you considering dental implant surgery to replace your missing teeth? Copper Creek Dental can help you achieve the smile of your dreams in as little time as possible. Our custom, in-house surgical guides will ensure fast and accurate dental implant placement. 

Give us a call at 801-280-1911 to schedule a consultation and determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. 

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