Techniques for the Use of CT Imaging for the Fabrication of Surgical Guides
Implant dentistry has evolved into one of the most predictable treatment alternatives for partially and completely edentulous patients. The initial excitement about successful osseointegration has allowed clinicians to oﬀer an extended set of treatment alternatives that include single tooth replacement to full mouth reconstruction. Pioneering protocols of the early 1980s relied on a two-stage surgical approach that allowed for the biological aspects of osseointegration to be achieved at the cellular level, insuring long-term success. These procedures often required extended periods of time to complete. Through strategic marketing and word of mouth, demand for implant-related treatment continues to grow and has compelled clinicians to search for new and improved methods to deliver such care within a shorter time period without sacriﬁcing accuracy. As treatment protocols have progressed, implant manufacturers have met the challenge of providing surgical and prosthetic components to maximize outcomes in function and esthetics. However, as with any surgical intervention, problems can arise. Often, diﬃculties related to poor surgical or prosthetic outcomes can be directly linked to the diagnostic and treatment-planning phase.