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Guided Dental Implant Surgery - Jonesboro, AR

Next-Level Precision for Your New Smile

Dr. Shane Smith always adjusts his approach based on the needs of his patient, so during your dental implant consultation with him, he’ll discuss whether or not you’ll receive guided dental implant surgery. This method is better suited for more complicated cases that involve multiple implants, and it allows him to place someone’s new teeth while fully optimizing for their comfort and ensuring a complication-free experience.  

Why Choose Shane Smith DDS for Guided Dental Implant Surgery?

What Is Guided Dental Implant Surgery?

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Typically, dental implant surgery involves Dr. Smith taking a CT scan of your mouth to evaluate the health of your jawbone, and if he confirms that it’s strong enough to support an implant, he’ll perform the surgery. This will involve numbing the mouth, making a small incision in the gums, and inserting the implant.

While this method is effective for single implants, if there are two or more implants involved, he might use the CT scan to create a surgical guide. This will be placed in the mouth during the procedure so that Dr. Smith can position the implants at the exact right depth and angle efficiently. 

Freehand vs. Guided Dental Implant Surgery

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Tens of thousands of dental implants have been successfully placed using the freehand method—including many by Dr. Smith himself! However, the procedure becomes much more difficult if the bone is somewhat weak or several implants will be placed close together.

Dr. Smith will go over these details and let you know if you’re a good candidate for guided dental implant surgery at your consultation. Thankfully, if you do need it, there isn’t anything extra that you have to do. Dr. Smith will simply use your CT scan to 3D print a guide that will be ready the day you come in for the treatment. 

Benefits of Guided Dental Implant Surgery

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