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Guided vs. Freehand Dental Implants: How to Choose

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Evan
Guided vs. Freehand Dental Implants: How to ChooseThere are two main types of dental implants: guided and freehand. Each procedure has pros and cons. So how do you decide? The things to consider for better decision making are:

Incision Size

Freehand surgery requires more skill and has greater incision size, whereas, guided surgery is more expensive with a smaller incision. The surgeon must make more precise cuts, and it takes longer to place the implant. Guided surgery is less time-consuming because the computer-generated surgery guide ensures that the implant is placed accurately in the right location. Incision sizes are critical for both implant types since they will determine the amount of tissue trauma and healing time. The healing time for guided implants is typically shorter since the incisions are smaller.


Implant type will also affect the number of teeth the surgeon can replace. In freehand implant surgery, only one implant can be placed at a time. Multiple implants can be placed in a single procedure in guided implant surgery because of accuracy, and the implant placement is less invasive. It means that there is less tissue damage and fewer complications.

Implant Angulation and Type of Restoration

Implant angulation is more accurate with guided surgery. With freehand, the surgeon must be more careful while placing the implant to avoid damage to your teeth. Guided surgery is less likely to cause damage to your teeth. The type of restoration will be the deciding factor since some types of implants can only be placed with one type of surgery. For example, a full arch restoration needs multiple implants at once, which can only be done with guided surgery.

So, which type of implant is right for you? The answer depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you want the quickest, most affordable option, freehand surgery may be right. If you have any questions, be sure to ask our dentist. We will help you choose the best.
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