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Dental Implants - Computer guided surgery

Computer-guided surgery  when used in dental implant surgery  is a technical procedure whereby  the dentist will use a surgical guide software  in order to place the dental implants  in a very accurate position.  Dr. Cisternas performs the surgery using the 3D scan  in tandem with  high tech computer software so as to pinpoint exactly the location of the dental implant.

Dr. Cisternas will first take a 3D scan  of your mouth  at the areas where you are intending to have the dental implants placed.  The use of the 3D scan can help reduce the need for bone grafts as he is able to pinpoint areas where there is enough bone density to place the implant.   When Dr. Cisternas  does this it is almost  similar to doing virtual surgery  on the patient but on the computer. The  complex 3D scan that  is taken of the patient's mouth  will then be used  create models of your mouth along with 3D x-ray images. This allows Dr. Cisternas  to see a virtual procedure before he even touches your mouth.  The use of 3D surgery is it very accurate in helping to  perform  dental implant surgery for mini dental implants. It is extremely safe, effective and accurate. Despite these benefits it still  takes a very experienced surgeon  to know how to perform computer guided surgery.

What is the process for computer guided  for dental implants?

Initially during your first visit  Dr. Cisternas will take an impression of your upper and lower jaw. This will help him to plan the exact location of your new teeth. At your second visit Dr. Cisternas will place a stent inside your mouth in the area where tooth replacement will be neccessary. The stent will capture the exact contours of the patient’s gums and the pinpoint the location of your implants will be placed. A high tech Cone Beam CT Scan will be performed- this will gather information about the patient’s jaw bone and the level of the patient’s bone density. Once this digital information is gathered from your scan it will create a 3D model of your jaw, which allows Dr. Cisternas to see the level of bone density at the area where the dental implants will be placed. It may be that you will require a bone graft and Dr. Cisternas will discuss the procedure of bone grafting in order to achieve optimal results for a dental implant. 

On the day of your surgery Dr Cisternas will place the dental implants into the jawbone using drill sleeves that will guide the implants into the exact location where the new teeth are required.

Computer guided dental implant surgery is a complex procedure and requires significant training in order to do it correctly and effectively. Dr. Cisternas advocates using a dentist who has significant experience for this procedure as it is important that the surgery is planned strategically and that the surgeon maps the nerves, arteries and sinus bone depression and has a full understanding of your oral anatomy. By using the computer guided surgery and Cone Beam CT scan procedure Dr. Cisternas can  accurately determine:

  • The exact position where the dental  implants should be placed
  • Whether the patient has bone deterioration in those locations
  • If there is bone deterioration can it be solved by bone regeneration
  • If bone regeneration is not possible can we use other locations in the same arch


The ever-advancing computer guidance technology is a very effective tool and is much more quicker and reliable, allowing for a more successful bond with the jawbone and reduced surgery and healing time.

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