Computer-guided surgery: An innovative tool.
Computer-guided surgery is a good planning tool for implant procedures. However, it cannot be used on all patients.
With this type of surgery, implants are virtually fitted on a computer before the procedure itself. Using an oral scanner, we generate a 3D image of the jawbone of the patient. When we enter the results of the analysis on the computer, navigation software programs generate 2D and 3D reconstructions of the mouth of the patient. We then perform a simulated operation whereby we put the implants in an optimal position to ensure an optimal aesthetic and function.
Surgical templates serve as a guide to operate on the gum without having to open it up (only in patients who have sufficient bone), since they have a series of openings in the exact position where the implants are to be fitted, and in such a manner that it is only possible to drill up to the predetermined depth. As a result of this technique the surgery is minimally invasive, eliminating the need to lift the gum or to put in stitches. Due to the fact that there is no cutting or stitches (only those required for access to put the implants in place), we minimise post-operative discomfort.
In some cases, simulation systems allow us to have the prosthesis for the patient ready in advance, making it possible to put a prosthesis in place on the same day as the implants. This type of treatment (“immediate loading”) is only suitable in certain cases in which certain specific anatomical and functional parameters are met, and proceeding in accordance with rigorous instructions after the prosthesis has been fitted.