by Dr Julie Vo, Dental Boutique, Balwyn, VIC
The MGUIDE is a 3D CAD/CAM designed device that assists with implant positioning during surgical implant procedures. It allows for keyhole surgery that has many advantages for patients who would traditionally avoid or delay treatment. The guide is from Moredent which provides great support.
What’s good about it
We take a digital scan of the teeth and a 3D cone beam X-ray of the jaw, and from these results an implant guide kit is created. The guide is a plastic appliance that fits over the teeth and gums. There are small circular spaces in the guide that have been designed at a specific angle, diameter and depth.
The corresponding drill kit is then used to achieve a certain depth and the correct angle. The hole that’s created in the jawbone through the guide allows the implant to be inserted quickly and accurately. The implant plugs the hole so there’s virtually no bleeding, no sutures and minimal pain once the procedure is completed. One or two implants can be done under local anaesthetic in about 30 to 60 minutes. We advise that the patient rests for better healing and recovery but if they had the procedure in the morning and wanted to do light activities in the afternoon, they could.
The MGUIDE is the only open-frame surgical guide on the market. All other guides use a closed acrylic framework that can make it harder to check if the guide is positioned accurately. There’s also reduced access for cooling during surgery.
The major advantages of guided surgery is that it’s a minimally invasive keyhole procedure that provides beautiful, predictable and permanent tooth replacement in a very short space of time.
What’s not so good
The only negative is the added cost to the procedure. However, patients are willing to pay for the reduced surgery and recovery time, and for the reduction in pain.