Simplified Guide for Precise Implant Placement: A Technical Note
Brent D. Kennedy, MD, DDS, Thomas A. Collins, Jr, DDS, Patrick C. W. Kline, DMD, MD.
Ideal implant placement is ultimately determined by the requirements of the final restoration. For the surgeon placing implants, proper angulation, parallelism, and spacing are critical to the final restoration. The use of a stainless-steel drill guide sleeve in an acrylic resin surgical template can make it possible to achieve optimal placement. Communication between the restoring dentist, surgeon, and laboratory technician is enhanced by this system since dowel pins fit precisely into the sleeves and determine sleeve and, ultimately, implant position. This system allows the surgeon to negotiate bony irregularities and ramping defects with ease while preparing a more concentric implant site. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1998;13:684–688) Key words: guide sleeves, surgical template, implant placement, ridge irregularities