Tooth, Bone, & Tissue Supported Guides
Pilot Surgical Guide
Used with the initial drill only to ensure the accurate position and orientation of the implant. The rest of the placement procedure is completed freehand.
Tooth Supported Surgical Guide
Usually fabricated for single implant placement or partially edentulous patients. Easily reproducible landmarks (i.e. teeth) are used for retention and support.
Bone Supported Surgical Guide
Used for edentulous patients, this type of guide gains its support from the load-bearing areas along the alveolar ridge.
Tissue Supported Surgical Guide
Gaining its main support and retention from the sot tissues (i.e. mucosa), the tissue-supported guides are commonly fabricated based on an existing removable prosthesis.