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Guided Surgery

What is Guided Surgery?

Guided implant surgery is where your implant placement is planned digitally prior to you having surgery. Guided surgery ensures the highest degree of accuracy in your implant placement with faster healing and recovery times.

An impression or intra-oral scan is taken which allows us to produce a STL file, this provides us with a 3D image of your teeth and gums. We then align this image with your CBCT scan on special dental implant planning software. The software allows the dentist to see the anatomical structures of the jaw and teeth, accurately indicating any bone loss along with the positioning of sinus cavities and nerve canals. Therefore, reducing the risk of unexpected complications during surgery.

Your dentist then uses this information to evaluate the best possible treatment for you and the best positioning for your implant or implants. This simplifies the process and gives you the patient a better overall experience, with a shorter and less invasive procedure, with a faster healing and recovery time.

Once your dentist has finished planning your implants, a guide or surgical stent is designed around the placement site or sites. A guide is then designed and produced that is specific to you. The guide is checked on the model cast from your impression or intra-oral scan before it is ready for your implant placement.

Within the guide are small titanium sleeves/cylinders that guide the drills into the exact position your dentist has chosen in the planning stage. This enables the highest level of accuracy for both positioning and depth of the implant.

Important - Clinics now closed

In line with the national effort to fight the Coronavirus epidemic we at Argo Dental Practices, Oracle and Dentale Clinics will be closed for routine dental care. All appointments will be postponed until further notice. In case of an emergency/advice please contact your clinic;

We will be open by appointment only for urgent emergency dental care only. We kindly ask you do not attend the practice unless you have spoken to a member of the team over the telephone.

Urgent dental problems include the following conditions;

  • Dental and facial swellings and infections
  • Severe dental and facial pain: that is, pain that cannot be controlled following self-help
  • Fractured teeth or tooth with nerve exposure

Dental emergencies include the following conditions;

  • Trauma of the face or teeth
  • Swelling of the face or mouth that is significant and worsening
  • Post-extraction bleeding that cannot be controlled

We thank you for your cooperation, understanding and patience during these uncertain times. We would like to reassure all our patients that we are available for advice, help and support over the phone during working hours. We wish you, your families and the community the very best.