X-Guide: A New Level of Precision in Implant Surgery
Dr. Sean M. Healy and Dr. Diego Hurtado in Santa Fe, NM, utilize X-Guide™ imaging technology to perform safer, more precise dental implant surgery. Although dental implant surgery performed by an experienced oral surgeon is already highly successful and effective, the X-Guide system makes it possible to perform the procedure with greater accuracy. Your safety and satisfaction are important to us, and we are excited to incorporate this new technology in an effort to provide the best possible treatment.
How Does X-Guide Work?
Dr. Healy uses X-Guide technology to digitally plan and perform dental implant surgery. Surgeons widely use computerized tomography (CT) scans to plan and place implants. This method can result in a considerable margin of deviation. X-Guide allows us to accurately view the position, angle, and depth of our tools during surgery and allows us to make necessary adjustments in real time. In addition to providing turn-by-turn guidance during surgery, this imaging tool provides a 360-degree anatomical view of your jaw and teeth, warning us if our tools are too close to nerves or other sensitive areas.
Dental Implant Placement Using X-Guide
X-Guide operates seamlessly with our existing dental implantation technology and acts as a "GPS for the drill." Prior to beginning your oral surgery, we will take impressions of your jaws using X-clip devices. These impression cubes are only slightly larger than your molars and fit comfortably in your mouth, taking on the shape of your teeth over the next five minutes. Once the X-clip impressions are ready, we can use them to take highly detailed scans. Next, we use advanced software to personalize your procedure and determine the ideal location for your dental implants. This step is especially important for specialized placements, such as with All-on-4®.
A study featured in the Journal of Oral Implantology found that the X-Guide system is approximately 11 times more accurate than freehand techniques in implant placement.
Once we have planned your procedure, we will calibrate our 3-D viewer with the X-clip impressions to give us a real-time view of your mouth during surgery. The system is interactive and allows us to adjust and improve the position of our instruments throughout the procedure.
Accurate, Effective Treatment
Traditional dental implant surgery requires longer planning timelines, more appointments, and higher costs. X-Guide allows us to take far more precise images that require fewer scans and office visits. In some cases, we can provide an implant-supported restoration on the same day as surgery. The X-Guide system also reduces the risk of failed implants, which require costly revision procedures. A trial reviewed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that guided implant surgery provided greater accuracy compared to CT-guided, static procedures. Another study featured in the Journal of Oral Implantology also found that the X-Guide system is approximately 11 times more accurate than freehand techniques in implant placement.
Call Our Office
If you are interested in replacing missing teeth with implant-supported restorations, our practice can use X-Guide imaging to provide outstanding results that benefit you for the rest of your life. Call our Santa Fe office at (505) 984-0694 or contact us online to book a consultation.