Dental Implants Clinical Cases and Patients

Why 3D Planning in Dental Implants?

The Maxillofacial Institute is at the forefront of the three-dimensional revolution in medicine. All dental implant surgeries carried out are first planned in 3D, using the latest technological advances. This allows the specialists to anticipate, with exact precision, exactly where the dental implants need to be placed, thus avoiding any unforeseen circumstances in the operating theatre and ensuring optimal results.

Since 2010, the Maxillofacial Institute has been using an Intraoral Scanner which allows a 3D impression to be taken of the teeth and dental implants before carrying out most kinds of restorative work with dental prostheses. They also use a low-radiation CBCT (Cone-Beam Computed Tomography) which allows them to obtain a three-dimensional image of the anatomy of the patient’s entire skull or specific parts of it.

All of this provides an optimum clinical result and greater comfort for the patient. These studies are combined with the most sophisticated software programmes, which help the specialists decide the optimum position for the dental implants based on the quality and quantity of bone in each area of the mandible or maxilla.


The process of guided surgery begins with the combination of images of an intraoral and cranial scanner, with which an exact three-dimensional model is created that allows the mouth to be mapped to the millimeter, emitting a minimum radiation. Once the 3D model is obtained, the surgeon can simulate the operation in the computer, and place the implants in the optimal position to achieve a perfect aesthetics and function.

Once these measurements are taken, a surgical splint is created as a template, which reproduces with total accuracy the position of the implants. These splints serve as a guide to access the gum without opening it, thanks to a series of holes located in the exact position where the implants must be placed, and allowing only drill to the pre-established depth. This allows for a minimally invasive surgery, without lifting the gum or giving stitches, in most cases

Another advantage of guided surgery is that it allows avoiding delicate areas such as the dental nerve or the maxillary sinus, in addition to reducing surgery time. An intervention that used to take between 2 to 3 hours, can be carried out in a span of 30-45 minutes.

For the patient, a less invasive and shorter surgery results in a more comfortable postoperative period, as there are no cuts or stitches, in addition to the fact that the implants are placed with the maximum accuracy, with unbeatable functional and aesthetic results.

Thus, 3D planning in Implantology allows:

An accurate diagnosis.

Virtual surgical planning of the treatment.

Unforeseen circumstances in the operating theatre can be avoided.

Reduced surgery time.

A more comfortable, less painful postoperative period.

Optimum results.