The topic of guided full-arch surgery is something I have been following for many years, and I have favored non-guided full-arch surgery in the past. However, because of recent advancements, many of which are outlined in this month’s article by Drs. Ganz and Tawil, I have now embraced full-arch guided surgery as part of my treatment protocols. My evolution and paradigm shift in thinking is simply progress based on innovations and advancements in technology that are now available.
Although guided surgery for full-arch treatments has evolved to a predictable level with many advantages, I still believe and feel it is important for clinicians to still be able to perform full-arch surgery in a non-guided manner, and to thus understand the fundamental principles of full-arch surgery and prosthetics in order to safely deliver guided full-arch treatment plans. If a guided case doesn’t work out as planned, the clinician must be able to take over without the guide. In other words, the knowledge and principles needed for non-guided surgery are the principles needed to plan for a guided case……..Read More