What are your thoughts on the recent report by Millennium Research Group (www.MRG.net) that predicted that the incorporation of guided surgery technology into dental implant procedures will increase dramatically over the next few years? According to Millennium, by 2012 nearly 25% of dental implants placed will take advantage of some form of guided surgery technology.
Guided surgery technology is helping to improve clinical confidence in dental implant therapy. This technology uses a digital x-ray combined with specialized software, and surgical drilling templates, to visualize and plan the placement of a dental implant.
"Guided surgery technologies are gaining in popularity because they help to remove some of the uncertainties and risks associated with a dental implant procedure," says Chris Shutsa, Senior Analyst at Millennium Research Group. "Using guided surgery, implantologists can more carefully identify anatomical structures that could potentially complicate a dental implant placement procedure. Accordingly, clinicians can better plan the procedure."
What are your thoughts on Guided Surgery for Implant Placement? Have you already incorporated this into your surgical protocol? What has been your experience?