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Advancements in dental implantology, highlighted by the introduction of surgical guides and dynamic systems, have transformed dental practices. This blog post examines these technologies, backed by credible research, to aid dentists in making informed decisions.

Welcome to the forefront of dental innovation, where precision meets artistry in the pursuit of excellence – welcome to Infinia Dental Lab, where we redefine the landscape of dental care through our commitment to customization excellence. In the intricate realm of dentistry, precision is not just a standard; it is an art, and our artisans at Infinia Dental Lab are the maestros, crafting personalized surgical guides that elevate dental procedures to unparalleled heights.

Surgical Guides: Precision and Predictability

Among the many technologies we possess here at Infinia Dental Lab, surgical guides are a fantastic technology we offer to dentists. Implant surgical guides are tools used in dental implantology to improve the precision and safety of implant placement. They provide a predefined path for the placement of dental implants based on detailed preoperative planning. This planning utilizes 3D imaging technology and computer-aided design (CAD) to create a guide tailored to the patient’s unique oral anatomy.

In the past, dental implants were often placed “freehand,” meaning the dentist would use their judgment and experience to determine the implant location and angle, essentially “eyeballing” the placement. While this method worked reasonably well with highly skilled practitioners, it left a larger margin for error and potential complications. The use of implant surgical guides greatly reduces these risks by providing a clear, precise plan for the procedure, resulting in more predictable outcomes, improved patient comfort, and often better final aesthetic and functional results.

They can include bone-reduction guides for removing excess bone, drilling guides for implant site preparation, and placement guides for the actual insertion of the implant. The process is typically digitally planned, based on detailed scans of the patient’s mouth. After planning and approval, the guides are 3D printed and delivered to the dentist for use in the surgical procedure​​.

Surgical guides known for their precision, are well-documented in research. A study by Feng et al. compared static and dynamic CAIS groups for immediate implant placement, revealing mean global entry deviations of 0.99 mm for static and 1.06 mm for dynamic groups. Angular deviations were approximately 3 degrees for both groups, underscoring the precision of these guides.

Dynamic Systems: Flexibility and Real-Time Adaptation

In dentistry, the integration of dynamic systems with surgical guides represents a cutting-edge approach that leverages advanced technologies to enhance precision, efficiency, and overall outcomes in various dental procedures, particularly implant placement. This dynamic synergy between technology and dental expertise is reshaping the landscape of oral healthcare. Some other notable benefits include:

  • Digital imaging and 3D planning: Dynamic systems integrate digital imaging technologies, such as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), enabling detailed 3D visualization of the patient’s oral anatomy. This digital information serves as the foundation for precise treatment planning, allowing dental professionals to create virtual surgical plans with unparalleled accuracy
  • Real-time navigation: The incorporation of dynamic navigation systems allows for real-time tracking of the surgical instruments during procedures. Dental professionals can navigate with precision through the patient’s anatomy, following the pre-established virtual plan with dynamic, live feedback.
  • Intraoral scanning and digital impressions: Dynamic systems integrate seamlessly with intraoral scanners, eliminating the need for traditional, uncomfortable impressions. Digital impressions contribute to the creation of customized surgical guides that perfectly match the patient’s unique dental anatomy.
  • Enhanced communication and interdisciplinary collaboration: Dynamic systems facilitate enhanced communication among dental professionals, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. Specialists can collaborate seamlessly, sharing digital data and contributing their expertise to create comprehensive treatment plans.

Dynamic systems, praised for their adaptability, were also examined in Feng et al.’s study. The dynamic group showed an average global apex deviation of 1.18 mm, slightly better than the static group’s 1.50 mm, demonstrating the system’s adaptability in real-time surgical environments. This adaptive approach ensures that any deviations from the planned path can be corrected promptly, contributing to optimal outcomes.

Both static and dynamic systems have shown higher accuracy compared to the traditional freehand protocol. The same study by Feng et al. found no significant differences in accuracy between the two systems, indicating their clinical effectiveness.

Fabrication Technology: Milling vs. 3D printing

Milling in dentistry has evolved into a cornerstone of precision and efficiency, transforming the landscape of dental restorations and prosthetics. This innovative process begins with the acquisition of a digital impression, often through advanced intraoral scanning technologies, capturing the intricacies of a patient’s oral anatomy. The digital data is then translated into a virtual model using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
The accuracy of milling versus 3D printing in surgical guide fabrication was investigated by Schiavetti et al. They found that milled guides showed slightly better accuracy, with median deviations of the intaglio surface in contact with the mucosa being lower (0.05 mm) compared to 3D-printed guides (−0.07 mm). This distinction is crucial for practitioners considering the fabrication method for their surgical guides.

Customized Excellence here at Infinia Dental Lab

Both static surgical guides and dynamic systems offer significant advantages in dental implantology. The research by Feng et al. and Schiavetti et al. provides a comprehensive comparison, helping dentists make informed choices based on case requirements and technological preferences.

Infinia Dental is committed to both the ongoing utilization and adaptation to the latest applications that prioritize the well-being of both patients and dental practitioners. Contact us with any inquiries, we are dedicated to providing exceptional restorations and optimizing the patient experience for dentist labs. 

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8151810/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8474138/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34698720/

https://www.mdpi.com/2306-5354/10/7/875

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10376300/