Journal article

Accuracy of static computer-assisted implant placement in long span edentulous area by novice implant clinicians: A cross-sectional in vitro study comparing fully-guided, pilot-guided, and freehand implant placement protocols

Jaafar Abduo, Douglas Lau



BACKGROUND: To ensure accurate implant placement, surgical guides are used to control the steps of implant placement surgery. PURPOSE: Evaluation of the accuracy of implant placement in long span edentulous area by novice implant clinicians according to fully-guided (FG), pilot-guided (PG), and freehand (FH) placement protocols. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Maxillary surgical models with four missing teeth from the right first canine to the first molar were produced by 3-dimensional printing. Fourteen clinicians new to implant dentistry participated in the study, and each one of them inserted one canine and one molar implant for every implant placement protocol. All implant placement steps were co..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by ITI Research Grant

Funding Acknowledgements

Both authors acknowledge the technical support of Mr Attila Gergely and the team of Digital Dental Network in designing and manufacturing the guides and the training models. They would also like to thank the team of Straumann Australia for their generous support in providing the surgical kits and training implants. This study has been funded by the ITI Research Grant (1335_2018) and the Kernot Early Career Researcher Award.