Computer Guided Surgery

Why do I need Computer Guided Surgery?

The main reason for using computer guided surgery is to increase the accuracy of implant placement and ultimately the placement of the crowns of the teeth. In some cases you might have 2 or more missing teeth that may be different sizes. The positioning of these implants will be critical in the final restorations for a proper bite. Patients who have had teeth missing for a number of years and are lacking in volume of bone will benefit from computer guided implant surgery as well. The computer can assist in predicting how much grafting a patient will need and in some cases whether the implants can be placed at all. Using this new computer technology will help to create the best treatment plan for you and your referring dentist.

What are the main benefits of Computer Guided Surgery?

The main benefits of using computer guided surgery include detailed and accurate implant placement. The ability to visualize vital anatomical structures such as the maxillary sinus or the mandibular nerve allows Dr. Oakley to avoid them during surgery. Digitally planning implant surgery allows your entire team to approve the treatment plan. It allows you the ability to be given a closer cost estimate of the surgery and final treatment. Clinically it has been shown this technique can reduce pain and discomfort post-surgery for patients.

How does Computer Guided Surgery work?

A CT scan (x-ray) image is taken. This image shows the available bone, root anatomy and proximity of adjacent teeth in 3 dimensions. Then, instead of the “goopy” impressions, we take digital impressions with a digital scanner. This digital scan is then overlaid with the CT scan. Dr. Oakley then places both of these images into the computer program that will allow him to plan the implant treatment. It is at this point that he may reach out to your referring dentist to have a visit about the findings of the plan and make any adjustments that need to be made. Your whole dental “TEAM” is always a part of this process!

Now that we have a plan, Dr. Oakley sends the plan to a digital 3D printer that will print an acrylic “surgical guide” that will be used during surgery. Once printed, the “surgical guide” will be placed over the teeth during surgery and guide the placement of the implants exactly where Dr. Oakley and your dentist need them to be for ideal function and esthetics.


At Oakley Oral Surgery we want to make sure we are giving you the most accurate treatment plan for your oral health goals! If you have any questions about Computer Guided Surgery please reach out and our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns.