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Freehand or Guided Dental Implant Placement?

June 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbeck @ 5:24 pm
Woman at the dentist holding a model of dental implants.

When it comes to missing teeth, dental implants are the premier option for replacing them. These awesome little implants can fully replicate the look, feel, and functionality of your natural teeth and provide you with a lasting solution that’s certain to change your life for the better. That said, you might have questions about them concerning how they’re placed inside your mouth. Keep reading to learn more about the two main ways in which dental implants are placed.

Benefits of Freehand Implant Placement

Have you ever heard the adage “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”? Sometimes, the tried-and-true method is the best approach for placing dental implants. Consider the main benefits of this method:

  • Lower cost – Everyone loves a cheaper and more affordable option, and freehand implant placement offers exactly that. While it might not utilize the latest technology that guided placement does, it does still offer the same end result at a lower price. If your wallet is a major factor in your dental implant decision, consider freehand placement.
  • Fewer appointments – Another great perk of going the freehand route is that the overall timeline is much faster than with guided placement. With the latter, your dentist might require you to come in for multiple appointments to prepare you for implants; but with freehand placement, usually only one visit is all it takes for you to get your implants, which is ideal if you have a busy schedule.

Benefits of Guided Implant Placement

However, despite the skill level of some specialists when it comes to freehand placement, there is still a small margin for error. But guided placement covers this, thanks to the incredible amount of detail that goes into the digital planning. Consider two of the main benefits of this treatment method:

  • Fewer mistakes and complications – Implant placement is an inherently complex procedure, meaning that unfortunately, room for error does exist. That said, guided placement decreases this possibility thanks to the assistance provided by technology. Even skilled dentists can make mistakes; but you can feel a little more confident about the guided implant process.
  • Quicker recovery time – Another perk of guided implant placement is that it allows for a faster overall recovery. Your dentist is more easily able to avoid blood vessels and nerve endings as they work, meaning you experience less discomfort, and your mouth doesn’t have as much healing to do.

When it comes to dental implants, the end result is fantastic; it’s just a matter of choosing how you want to get there. Know that both options are viable and come with their own benefits and talking with your dentist can help you make an informed decision about which method is best for you.

About the Practice

Beck Dental Care proudly serves patients and families in the Columbia area under the leadership of four skilled specialists: Dr. Matthew Hart, Dr. Kyle Williams, Dr. Philip Matthews, and Dr. Victor Beck Jr.! Together, they combine several collective decades of experience and expertise to provide all their patients with an elite level of dental care. Their practice is pleased to offer many available services, including dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact the practice online or by phone at (931) 236-2141.

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