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An implant surgical guide may be needed when your oral treatment includes an implant placement. This surgical guide will help your doctor plan and place your implant(s) accurately by creating a functional and predictable outcome for your dental restoration. A surgical guide is a device customized and made to fit the patient’s mouth.

This guide has indicators that specify the exact location where the dentist has to place the implant(s) in the mouth. These indicators show angle, depth and position where the implant needs to be placed, allowing the doctor to perform a precise and accurate placing of your dental implants.

Why Should You Get an Implant Surgical Guide?

Benefits of a Surgical Guide

Accurate Implant Fit

Using a Surgical Guide reduces the risks of dental implants placement. This way, the dental professional can be sure you implant is fit in the correct position and the outcome of the treatment is effective and long lasting.

Long Lasting Implant Results

A surgical guide provides an exact guide to place the implant in the most perfect and effective way. This will help your implant last longer and be less likely to break, get infected or damaged in any way.

Improved Function Restoration

The accuracy that a surgical guide provides will enhance your oral functions and speed up the time you need to wait for your oral functions (biting, chewing) to work properly again.

Faster Dental Treatment

By using a surgical guide Dr. Goetz can perform the implant treatment in a faster and more effective way. Knowing in advance the exact location, depth and angle of the position of the implant makes the treatment period much shorter.

Reduced Risks

A surgical guide provides a computer guided implant procedure.  Knowing this structure before placing the implant can reduce the possibility of unexpected problems during the implant treatment.

Cost/Benefit Results

The benefits of using surgical guides for implant treatments far outweigh the cost of it. Implant placement can be  well prepared so that no unexpected results –which in turn make you spend more money on future treatments– come up.

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IMPLANT SURGICAL GUIDE: Procedure & Diagnosis


A surgical guide is an effective tool when you need to have an implant to restore a damaged or missing tooth. The elaboration of the customized surgical guide requires some steps, such as a cone beam image of your teeth and jaws as well as an intraoral camera to create a guide that fits exactly over your teeth and gums.

To replace a damaged or missing tooth with an implant crown, our doctors will take some or all of the following steps:

  1. First, the doctor must check your oral conditions through an initial comprehensive exam (this includes x-rays and molds).
  2.  If you are a candidate for a dental implant, a surgical guide can be performed before starting the dental implant procedure.
Implant Surgical Guide

2. A CTBC (a cone beam image) will be taken for the dentist to visualize your jaw, bone and anatomic structures in 3D images.

3. The implant placement will be planned taking into account all the characteristics of the 3D images. Length and width of implant are selected to plan a suitable implant (and further crown) placement.

4. The surgical guide is then printed in 3D, and placed in your mouth to begin the drilling process to for the dental implant treatment

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How Do I Know If I Need a Surgical Guide?

During the initial comprehensive exam, your doctor will evaluate if a Surgical Guide scan is needed before your implant treatment. Your doctor will evaluate your oral conditions and anatomic structure to see if a surgical guide is needed before your implant procedure.

How Much Does a Surgical Guide Cost?

The cost of surgical guides may vary depending of the number of implants you need and the complexity of your case. Generally, the price can range anywhere between $500 to $800, but that will depend on each case.

How Are Surgical Guides Made?

The surgical guides are first digitally produced thorough a CAD/CAM. The doctor will get the 3D images through the cone beam scanner, then the images from an intraoral camera are needed to generate data about the intraoral surface, and finally the implant position data. All this combined will generate an image which can be 3D printed in resin to fit your mouth before the implant treatment starts.

What is Guided Surgery?

Guided surgery is the process by which surgeons or dentists can create a digital image of the patient's mouth in order to determine the position and angle of the implant before actually placing it. Guided surgeries allow for more accurate and predictive dental treatments.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of a Surgical Guide?

Dental insurance coverage varies, but some plans surgical guides procedures. Keep in mind we are a fee-for service office. However, we work with PPO plans as out-of-network providers. Our staff will kindly file the claims for you so you can get reimbursed directly soon after your treatment has been completed.

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