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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 98-102

Implant surgical guides: From the past to the present

1 Department of Prosthodontia, K.S.R Dental College, Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Prosthodontia, Rajas Dental College, Kavalkinaru, Thirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Prosthodontia, K.S.R Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Manikandan Ramasamy
Department of Prosthodontia, K.S.R Dental College, Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.113306

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Advent of osseointegration has rapidly led to use of dental implants over recent years. Implant complications are often inadvertent sequelae of improper diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical method, and placement. This can be overcome by using surgical guides for implant positioning. Although conventionally made surgical guide are 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 guide using radiograph and also the newer computer generated surgical guide in detail.

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