There are many reasons to consider dental implants if you have lost teeth or are facing the loss of one or more teeth. Dental implants look like natural teeth. They function like natural teeth, and if properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants also have a very high success rate, especially when a dentist utilizes the latest tools to ensure accurate implant placement. 

If you are looking for a dentist who uses advanced technology to place dental implants, look no further than Dr. Ken Siegel at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell. Dr. Siegel uses the state-of-the-art X-Guide® technology to help with freehand dental implant surgery so he can provide the maximum accuracy for all dental implants. 

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Advantages of X-Guide Technology

X-Guide technology lets Blue Bell implant dentist Dr. Siegel provide great dental implant results. With the X-Guide, you will enjoy dental implant surgery that is:

  • Accurate
  • Fast
  • Flexible
  • Controlled by Dr. Siegel

Clinical studies show that the X-Guide’s unique tracking function improves the accuracy of dental implant placement compared to freehand dental implant surgery. This helps you avoid complications like dental implants in the wrong place or at the wrong angle. Although these are rare, they can be problematic, leading to a loss of the implant or, possibly, neighboring teeth. 

The X-Guide is also a fast approach to dental implant surgery. Using this technique, Blue Bell implant dentist Dr. Siegel can take a scan, plan your surgery, and place your dental implants all on the same day. That means that you can get dental implants on the same day, even if you weren’t originally planning to have implants or even get an extraction on that day. 

The speed of the X-Guide also makes it very flexible. The technology lets Dr. Siegel adjust the surgical plan as he goes. If he sees reasons to change the implant placement, he can plug those changes into the software in real-time, and the software will adjust the entire case plan so that everything will still work together to achieve the best results. 

Finally, it’s important to know that although the X-Guide provides vital data and control, it does not conduct the surgery. It’s not a surgical robot. Dr. Siegel has complete control over the procedure at all times–you are in his capable and highly experienced hands, not in the hands of an insensitive robot. 

How the X-Guide Works

The X-Guide is a digital tool that refines the normal dental implant procedure. With the X-Guide, your dental implant procedure will include these steps:

  • Scan
  • Plan
  • Precise Implant Placement

The X-guide digital dental implant process begins with a CBCT scan of your mouth. This is a special x-ray that constructs a 3-D model of your teeth and bones. This is considered the standard of care for dental implants these days. 

Your scan goes into the dental implant planning software. This lets Blue Bell implant dentist Dr. Siegel plan your surgery virtually. He’ll mark bone and tooth features to make sure the software has a complete understanding of your oral structures. He can plan not only the size, type, and placement of your implant but also make decisions about the implant restorations as well. 

Once the plan is complete, Dr. Siegel can start the surgery by designating three landmarks on your scan, then touching a special probe to those three locations in your mouth. This precisely coordinates the digital scan of your mouth. Then the scanner can track the precise location of the dental drill to help Dr. Siegel put the implant in the exact location planned. 

Disadvantages of Implant Surgical Guides

Digital dental implants are growing in popularity because they help implant dentists place implants in the precise location planned. Usually, implant dentists use surgical guides to achieve this goal. Surgical guides also help dentists achieve accuracy, but they have some disadvantages. Compared to X-Guide, surgical guides are:

  • Slow
  • Inflexible

Dental implant surgical guides are physical objects that must be created before surgery. Sometimes a dentist will print the guides themselves. Other times, the surgical guide is printed elsewhere and delivered to the dentist. In either case, these guides take time to produce, which limits the speed at that implant surgery can follow your CBCT scan and case planning. 

In addition, a surgical guide is a fixed object that can’t be adjusted during surgery. Once it’s set, it’s set, and if a dentist wants to change the plan, they will have to stop, create a new plan, then make a new surgical guide, which can delay the surgery significantly. 

Get Digital Dental Implants in Blue Bell

If you are looking for highly accurate dental implant placement using state-of-the-art technology, talk to Blue Bell implant dentist Dr. Ken Siegel. Dr. Siegel has considerable experience using the X-Guide to help his patients get great dental implant results from a streamlined and quick procedure. 

To learn how to benefit from dental implants using the X-Guide, please call (610) 272-0828 or use our online form today to request an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.