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The Benefits of Guided Implant Surgery Using 3D Cone Beam X-Rays

October 9, 2015

Cone-beam guided implant surgery allows your procedure to be planned virtually on a computer in advance of your surgery. In the planning stages of implant treatment, a cone-beam x-ray is taken in our office. We then utilize advanced computer programs to review placing your implants using a 3D representation of your mouth. These implant positions can be shared in advance with your general dentist so that treatment plan is ideal.

The goal is dental implant planning that supports predictable results, enhanced precision while improving your overall experience.

Guided dental implant surgery is typically performed in much less time than previous methods of traditional dental implant surgery. Less incisions and sutures are usually needed and therefore post-operative swelling / discomfort is decreased. This state-of-the-art procedure can be used for patients requiring 1 implant to patients in need of full mouth smile makeover. The bottom line is that cone beam imaging gives us the most accurate and safest way to place dental implants.


Guided Implant Surgery Using 3D Cone Beam

Guided Implant Surgery Using 3D Cone Beam

A 3D cone beam image is used to very precisely measure the area where we want to place the dental implant. Then we make a computer-manufactured plastic template to very accurately guide the actual placement of the implant during surgery. This takes all the guess work out of placing dental implants. It is giant leap forward in providing safer, more predictable, and more comfortable replacement of missing teeth.

Guided dental implant surgery using 3D cone beam is quickly replacing the older methods of unguided 2D surgery in leading implant teaching institutions. One popular advantage of computer guided implant surgery is the immediate loading of the implants at the time of placement. In this case, a surgical guide is then created for the procedure that will only allow implant to be placed in the predetermined locations.


The incorporation of virtual engineering into dentistry and the digitization of information are providing new perspectives and innovative alternatives for dental treatment modalities. The use of digital surface scanners with surgical planning software allows for complete digital treatment planning. Guided dental implant surgery can now performed based on a complete digital surgical plan combining the information from a 3D cone beam computed tomography scan and a virtual simulation.