Dr Rohit Shah, Dr Meenakshi Talati, Dr Dipika Mitra, Dr. Silvia Rodrigues, Dr. Gaurav Shetty, Dr. Harshad Vijayakar


There has been a tremendous increase in the use of dental implants to replace missing teeth, in the last decade. This has led to a dramatic rise in the number of implant complications primarily misguided and incorrectly placed implants. This complication could be easily overcome by using surgical guides for implant positioning. Although conventionally made surgical guide are being used, the clinical outcome is often unpredictable, and even if the implants are well placed, the location and deviation of the implants may not meet the optimal prosthodontic requirements. High accuracy in planning and execution of surgical procedures is important in securing a high success rate without causing iatrogenic damage. This can be achieved by computed tomography, 3D implant planning software, image‑guided template production techniques, and computer‑aided surgery. This article evaluates about the various systems of conventionally made surgical guides using radiographs and also newer computer generated surgical guides in detail.


Computer‑aided design/computer‑assisted manufacture, computed tomography, implant, surgical guides.

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