The Relationship Between Biologic Concepts and Fabrication of Surgical Guides for Dental Implant Placement

Gary Greenstein, DDS, MS; John Cavallaro, DDS

April 2007 Issue - Expires April 30th, 2009

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry


This article reviews guidelines for construction of surgical guides to direct dental implant placement. Biologic principles are discussed with regard to the mesiodistal, buccolingual, and apicoronal insertion of implants. The application of these data to develop surgical guides is discussed. Also, with respect to specific prosthetic reconstructions, a variety of guides are described that can be fabricated for partially and fully edentulous arches.

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