Navigated Surgery for Dental Implants

Navigated surgery for oral implantology is the equivalent of watching a GPS screen while driving. This new technology allows us to connect the planning made on the computer with the patient’s mouth in real-time. In other words, it helps us to have greater precision in our surgery.

  • Clinically Proven – Significantly improved accuracy compared to freehand implant placement
  • 3-4 times more accurate compared to other dynamic systems
  • Allows direct visualization of the surgical site at all times, even in patients with limited mouth opening

FAQs about navigated surgery

What is the navigated surgery process?

First of all, a patient must be scanned with a special device placed in his mouth, which will allow us to interrelate the planning done on that scanner with the patient’s bone on which we are working in real time. That entails a much more accurate result than any type of technology used so far in oral surgery, since our implant will be perfectly placed in the position, angulation and depth that we have previously planned with an accuracy of 99%.

What advantages does it give the patient?

As we have said before, precision is its main characteristic, so we will avoid risks such as possible dental nerve injury, maxillary sinus damage, bone perforation or injury to teeth near our implants.

Another advantage is that the intervention becomes more comfortable as it is a very controlled surgery that will help us to almost not open the gum, and in extreme cases it can prevent us from making grafts and having maximum use of the available bone. So it is a minimally invasive work method.

Until now, what most helped us to be precise was guided surgery, but this requires the planning and manufacturing of a guide that we had to wait for a few days. With navigation, surgery can be performed immediately, without waiting for anything to be manufactured.

For what type of surgeries would it be used?

In reality, the ideal will be used for all types of interventions, since in simple implants we ensure the perfect three-dimensional placement of the implant, and in complex cases it helps us to perform them successfully and without taking risks for the patient. It will make surgery faster and safer, which in cases of rehabilitation is especially beneficial for the patient.

What do we do if a porcelain veneer breaks?

If it has become detached but still in one piece, it can be re-cemented, otherwise, the whole process needs to be repeated from the beginning. The patient’s tooth is provisionally replaced by a composite veneer while the porcelain veneers are being made.

Are porcelain veneers vulnerable?

Like natural teeth, we should avoid strong impacts like aggressive bites or blows with objects. As with natural teeth, enamel can crack as a result of biting hard food, nail biting or by tightening the teeth. In the veneers it will cause cracks in the ceramic that if deepened can cause a fracture. Porcelain veneers, unlike those of composite, is that they cannot be repaired and have to be replaced.

Does teeth whitening effect the veneers?

If you would like a teeth whitening, it must done before the veneers treatment because the tone of the ceramic will match the tone of  teeth prior the whitening.

At Crooke & Laguna Dental Clinic we offer you a solution to improve the aesthetics by rehabilitation the whole mouth by changes in colour, shape and / or size that have occurred as a result of dyes, malformations or fractures.

For example in patients with bruxism, teeth stained or large changes in colour or dental anatomy (change the shape if we do not like or close spaces between the teeth after a periodontal disease).

The technique requires thoroughness, since the carving is minimal (and in some cases non-existent), and the cementing has to carry a rigorous protocol.