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Implant Surgical Guides

Implant surgical guides are becoming more popular among general dentists looking to start performing implant surgery. Surgical guides allow any dentist to have a better understanding of the case diagnosis, ensuring the most efficient use of available bone, fewer remakes, and reducing unexpected issues because of more predictable placement and improved clinical outcomes.

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Implant Surgical Guides

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Types of Implant Surgical Guides

Dandy offers two different kinds of implant surgical guides currently:


Tooth Borne Surgical Guides: Hard acrylic that fits over the adjacent teeth to keep it stable. Usually fabricated for single implant placement or partially edentulous patients. Easily reproducible landmarks (teeth) are used for retention and support

Tissue Borne Surgical Guides: Supported and retained via the mucosa and facial fixation pins. These are usually fabricated based on existing removable prosthesis like dentures.

Dandy also offers our customers Pilot guides or surgical stents for doctors who do not want to or do not have access to take a CBCT scan.

Types of Implant Surgical Guides

What types of implant surgical guides does Dandy offer?

What are the benefits to using a surgical guide?

There are many benefits to using an implant surgical guide. Whether you’re an implant specialist or a general dentist looking to increase service offerings, leveraging surgical guides and guided implant surgery can lead to:

Improved Clinical Outcomes: When using surgical guides, implant cases are better diagnosed and understood, ensuring the most effective use of the bone in the procedure.

Consistent and Predictable Implant Placement: When dentists use surgical guides and guided implant surgery, patient care becomes more predictable. Not only that, but implants are place most closely to the best available area and angles, increasing patient satisfaction.

Simple and Atraumatic Surgery: Surgical guides allow for faster and simpler surgeries for doctors, whether you’ve placed hundreds of implants or are still new. They also ensure surgery causes less trauma to the mouth.

Cost Effective: When surgical guides are used, there is much less likelihood for issues to pop up down the road when compared to freehand surgery. Surgical guides also decrease patient chair time.

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Surgical Guide Materials

Surgical Guide Material

Dandy uses mainly KeyGuide, a strong, easy to polish, autoclavable, biocompatible resin, to print surgical guides.

3D Printing Surgical Guides

Dandy prints our guides on Carbon Printers, the 3D best printers on the market. 

Guide Sleeves

The sleeves that are inserted into the guide holes are made of titanium.

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Implant surgical guide FAQ

What is a surgical guide?

The final product of a treatment plan is a Surgical Guide, a 3D printed acrylic device with titanium sleeves aligned to where the implants should be placed, which enables a safer, more accurate, and more successful surgery.

Can a Doctor plan a guided surgery case (aka treatment plan) and send the output to us for fabrication of a surgical guide?

Yes! Dandy would be happy to print the surgical guide based on the guided surgery treatment plan the doctor designs.

Can I choose between Dandy printing my Surgical Guide design or printing Dandy’s designs at my office?

Yes! Dandy’s Implant Surgery program is designed to support every doctor’s unique needs.

What printers does Dandy use to print the surgical guides on?

Top-of-the-line Carbon Printers, which offer the most accurate guides. 

Are surgical guides necessary for implants?

Surgical Guides are not a required component to implant placement. They are completely optional. However, an implant surgical guide allows a doctor to place an implant in a very specific, pre-planned location to give the most ideal depth, angulation, and size of implant to fit the space

What are the parts of a surgical guide?

A surgical guide is comprised of the acrylic base, fabricated using 3D printing and designed via CAD/CAM, and a drill sleeve (metal cylinders), which are embedded in the Surgical Guide to guide the implant drill through the opening and allow it to only go in one location, and to one depth.

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