Accuracy of Static ComputerAssisted Implant Placement in Posterior Edentulous Areas with Different Levels of Tooth Support by Novice Clinicians

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  • Jaafar Abduo
  • Douglas Lau


Correct implant placement is necessary for satisfactory implant restoration. Therefore, the use of surgical guide is recommended. This study evaluated the accuracy of implant placement in posterior edentulous areas with different levels of tooth-support by novice clinicians according to fully-guided (FG), pilot-guided (PG), and freehand (FH) placement protocols. A mandibular model with missing first molars was designed. Onone side, the model had a bound edentulous area (BEA), and on the other side, a free end edentulous area (FEA). Fourteen clinicians new to implant dentistry participated in the study, and each clinician inserted an implant in the BEA and FEA sites for every placement protocol. Angle, vertical and maximum horizontal platform and apex deviations were measured. The FG placement was more accurate than the PG and FH placements. This was significant for BEA angle deviation, BEA and FEA maximum horizontal platform deviations, and BEA maximum horizontal apex deviation. The PG placement was significantly more accurate than the FH placement for BEA and FEA maximum horizontal platform deviations. FG shows significantly greater angle, maximum horizontal platform and maximum horizontal apex deviations at FEA than BEA. This can be attributed to reduced guide support and the possibility of guide displacement during surgery.

Single Implant
Surgical Guides
Computer-Guided Surgery