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Guided Implant Surgery

Deborah K. Ruprecht, DDS

Periodontist & Dental Implant Surgeon located in Mission Viejo, CA & Ladera Ranch, CA

When dental implants were first introduced, surgeons relied on their best efforts to place them by hand at the proper angle, spacing and depth. With guided implant surgery, Deborah K. Ruprecht, DDS uses this advanced technology to place implants more precisely. With over 20 years of experience as a specialist placing implants, Dr. Ruprecht has successfully served thousands of patients in South Orange County and Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, and Solana Beach, California. When you’re ready to learn more about dental implants and Dr. Ruprecht’s careful techniques, call us today or request an appointment online.

Guided Implant Surgery Q & A

What is guided implant surgery?

Guided implant surgery is a technique that helps perfect the placement of dental implants into your bone tissue. It represents the best advancements in research and technology and is among the services available from Dr. Ruprecht at her California locations. 

Early dental implants were placed by hand, and dentists had to rely on their training and experience to determine the best way to place the implant in the right location. Today, digital imaging delivers 3-D representations of your bone and other tissues, allowing Dr. Ruprecht to plan your implant surgery to suit your exact anatomy.

How does guided implant surgery work?

Much of the success of a dental implant depends on the planning stages. Dr. Ruprecht uses cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to create a detailed three-dimensional image of your mouth, jaw and teeth. Knowing your exact anatomy, she creates a custom surgical guide that fits in your mouth and facilitates a precise angle and depth of your dental implant. 

Once the guide is ready, Dr. Ruprecht uses it to place the implant post into your bone tissue in the right location. The guide reduces surgery time because it’s all been planned in advance, and when the implant is placed, your gum tissue is sutured closed. A period of healing follows as your natural bone fuses to the implant material.

Why is guided implant surgery an improvement over the traditional approach?

Guided implant surgery takes the guesswork out of dental implants. Dr. Ruprecht does not have to estimate where to place the implant, or which angle is likely to yield the best results. She simply follows the shape of the surgical guide and relies on advanced imaging technology to create a customized treatment plan. 

Guided implant surgery can also reduce the risk of damage to surrounding tissues. Because the depth and angle of the implant are determined prior to the procedure, only the necessary tissues are affected. 

This makes for an easier recovery process and a lower complication rate. Guided implant surgery can deliver less swelling, bruising, and discomfort after your procedure.

To learn more about how guided implant surgery can enhance your dental implant experience during a face-to-face consultation, call us today or request an appointment online.