The X-Guide 3D Dynamic Navigation Implant System
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The X-Guide 3D Dynamic Navigation Implant System

The X-Guide 3D Dynamic Navigation Implant System
Harpenden Dentist - Wayside Dental Practice
04, Jul 2019

Robin is one of the first dentists in the UK to be chosen to be trained in this revolutionary new implant system, designed by the world leaders in dental implants, Nobel Biocare. This system is already being used in the US and other parts of the world. After completing training in Rome, Zurich (with his nurses) and Madrid, we are delighted that the X-Guide Suite has now been installed at Wayside.

What is the X-Guide?

The X-Guide is effectively a 3D navigation system for the surgeon, making implant surgery more accurate and safer than ever before. During surgery, it shows the surgeon, in real time, where the drill is-its angle and depth-and also shows the surgeon the path they need to take to ensure the implant is placed exactly where planned. Essentially, it plans the route for the surgeon to follow and the surgeon ensures they are following it, just like with satnav in your car! The dynamic software can be used to make temporary teeth via a 3D printer and final restorations (teeth) via a milling machine.

How does the X-Guide differ from computer guided surgery?

Some dentists still place dental implants freehand, without knowing exactly where the implant is being placed, what is underneath the gum and having to trust their judgement. At Wayside, we have been using cone beam CT scans and computer guided surgery for many years as this method is extremely safe and precise. The X-Guide is an improvement as, rather than having to wait for and use a pre-made guide, it shows the surgeon the path to follow on the computer and gives real time feedback on the angle, path and depth, so that the surgeon can accurately follow it. There is no room for error and it is similar to the way medical neurosurgery has been done for many years.

What are the benefits to the patient?

  • It is the most precise way to place dental implants.
  • It provides us with turn by turn directions so we can see what needs to be done before we do it.
  • It is faster and more comfortable with no need to open the gum.
  • It reduces the need for bone grafts as it allows for the maximum use of bone.
  • Surgery can be performed sooner as there is no need to wait for a surgical guide.
  • It allows for same day surgery.
  • As we can visualise the virtual placement of the teeth, the aesthetic and functional outcomes are improved.

To find out if implants are a good solution for you, book a free consult by phoning reception on 01582 712470.