Over the past few decades, implant dentistry has come to play an important role in mainstream dentistry. With clinical research, procedures such as implant drilling techniques have been refined and yield better results. The drilling technique used with any implant placement is dependent on a number of factors such as the number of false teeth that will be attached to it and the available jaw bone density. The ultimate goal is for the surgery to be minimally invasive, causing the least amount of discomfort to the patient while creating the maximum amount of stability for the implant to mesh into the jaw, known as osseointegration. The more stable the implant, the longer it will last in the jaw, withstanding pressures in the mouth from biting and chewing.
Surgical treatment planning software is used to determine the angle, positioning and number of implants that need to be placed. Some drilling techniques involve the use of a drill guide, which is a clear plastic tray fitted to the patient's jaw with precise markings for the drilling entry points. This ensures a high level of accuracy and reduced trauma, resulting in quicker healing of the implant site and eventually better implant stability.