How to present guided surgery to your patients

We have found that knowledgeable patients appreciate the use of guided surgery, and a thoughtful explanation of its benefits. Below is a script that resonates well:

We place implants by computer-guided surgery.

To accurately place an implant, a precisely positioned hole has to be drilled into the jaw. Jaws come in different sizes, shapes, and angulations, and there are nerves, blood vessels and sinuses that limit where one can drill. Therefore, we use a 3D scan of your jaw to visualize your anatomy on the computer. Using special implant planning software, an implant can be placed virtually in the image of your jaw, while viewing the dimensions and shape of your jaw – and the locations of vital structures. These enhanced diagnostic tools help to reveal any potential problems and eliminate unexpected complications.

On the basis of this virtual plan, a drilling jig called a surgical guide is fabricated. The guide fits on your teeth and includes a guide hole, which guides the implant drill in surgery. In this way, the surgical drill guide transfers the virtual position of the implant to your mouth, and provides a method to precisely position the hole for the implant.

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About Guided Surgery Solutions, LLC
Guided Surgery Solutions, LLC designs, manufactures, and sells 3D image-based surgical guides for dental implant surgery. The ThinLayer® Drill Guide System was developed in the founder’s clinical practice, in response to design limitations found in existing products. The solution makes guided surgery technically and economically feasible for all implant surgeons, allowing them to provide better treatment to more patients. Please visit for more information.