Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Implant surgical guide fabrication for partially edentulous patients

      This article presents an innovative method for the fabrication of implant drill guides for partially edentulous patients. Using a light-polymerized composite material and drill blanks placed in the prosthodontically driven implant position, surgical guides for each implant drill are constructed on the diagnostic cast. In addition to the size-customized implant surgical guides, a ridge crest preparation guide showing the proposed crown contour is used to adjust the tissue contour, if needed, during implant surgery.
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