Flapless dental implant surgery and use of cone beam computer tomography guided surgery

Key Points

  • Provide an overview of flapless implant surgery and CBCT guided flapless implant surgery.

  • Describe the advantages, disadvantages, clinical indications, contraindications of using flapless implant surgery.

  • Provide the evidence on implant survival and complications associated with flapless implant surgery and CBCT guided implant surgery where possible.

Abstract

Flapless implant surgery is increasing in popularity, particularly due to advances and increased usage of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and dental implant treatment planning software allowing three-dimensional assessment of the implant site. It is the aim of the article to provide an overview of flapless implant surgery and CBCT guided flapless implant surgery and summarise the literature with regard to the effectiveness of this surgical technique.

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Figure 4: Assessment of keratinised tissue (marked in red) – in this case there is a lack of keratinised tissue available.
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Figure 6: Single implant placement in the 24 site using CBCT guided flapless implant surgery (ImplantPilot system).
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Laverty, D., Buglass, J. & Patel, A. Flapless dental implant surgery and use of cone beam computer tomography guided surgery. Br Dent J 224, 591–602 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.268

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