X-Guide Navigated Surgery

The X-Guide surgical navigation system is used to seamlessly transfer the position of the implants from your digital treatment plan into your mouth. It is essentially an in-office image-guided GPS system that uses cameras to continuously track and guide every motion during your procedure. This computer guidance results in highly accurate and precise placement of dental implants. Implant surgery is now more predictable and less invasive with fewer complications and faster recovery. A recent study published in October 2016 in the Journal of Oral Implantology found that the accuracy of X-Guide navigation was 11 times better than freehand implant placement.

This same type of technology has been available and in use for many years by neurosurgeons to remove brain tumors. X-GUIDE was FDA approved in October 2015 for placement of dental implants and it is now at the cutting-edge of digital implant technology.

How it works:

  1. At your implant consult, Dr. Pitcher will capture a 3-D image of your jaw with a 3-D CBCT and capture of digital impression of your teeth using the CS3600 digital intraoral scanner.
  2. With this information, Dr. Pitcher creates a 3-dimensional virtual surgical implant treatment plan which he uses to review with your dentist and to show you what you can expect everything will look like from start-to-finish. This allows you to see the images in an understandable way so that you can make educated decisions about your treatment.
  3. Once your digital treatment plan is finalized, a small mouth-piece is fabricated which will be used at the time of surgery.
  4. On the date of your surgery, the X-Guide Surgical Navigation system is used for dynamic image guidance to place your implants in a minimally invasive and highly accurate manner.

Since this new technology does not require the use of a dental lab to fabricate a surgical guide, it is now possible to plan and place your implants all in one day.