Is Digital Guided Implant Surgery Accurate and Reliable?

Firas Al Yafi, Brittany Camenisch, Mohanad Al-Sabbagh

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The digital workflow for computer-aided implant surgery includes a range of steps leading to generation of a prosthetically driven, 3-dimensional virtual plan, which is transitioned into the patient's mouth by the surgical guide and protocol. Guided implant surgery is believed to be accurate and reliable compared with free-handed implant surgery. However, deviation between implant virtual plan and implant real position may occur as a result of accumulated errors throughout the digital workflow. This article reviews the digital workflow of static computer-aided implant surgery. Factors that may affect the accuracy and clinical outcome of the guided surgery are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-397
Number of pages17
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2019

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  • Accuracy
  • Computer-aided surgery
  • Computer-assisted surgery
  • Dental implants
  • Digital workflow
  • Implant-guided surgery
  • Virtual plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (all)


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