Nowadays 3D planning software programs are available to transfer the information from a digital 3D planning environment to the intraoperative surgical field by means of computer-aided or guided surgery. This lecture discusses the applications of 3D planning in implant dentistry.Surgical templates are based on a combination of CAD/CAM and rapid-prototyping (3D printing) technology for fabrication. Precise virtual implant placement in 3D planning software programs is based on the computed tomography (CT) scans of a patient’s bony anatomy and a radiographic guide containing the tooth or teeth to be replaced. A surgical template is produced by additive manufacturing (3D printing) based on the virtually planned information and incorporates precise drill sleeves for implants. Computer-aided technology has shown significant improvements in accuracy in comparison to conventional implant placement.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
explain the sequence of producing a surgical guide for computer-aided surgery
describe different types of surgical guides along with their advantages or disadvantages
recognize the value of guided surgery in significantly improving accuracy in comparison to conventional implant placement