What products does Scan Implant Guide offer?

We produce products that help clinicians accurately plan and place dental implants, including:

1. Our implant surgeryplanning software, that creates a virtual environment for the optimal planning and placement of dental implants website;

2. 3d printed surgical guides made to ensure accurate implant placement based on the pre-surgical plan executed on our Scan Implant Guide software; and

3. Scan Implant Guide surgical kits for assisting in performing the drilling protocol of implant manufacturers.

How does the Scan Implant Guide process work?

Our easy-to-follow process for planning and creating a surgical guide works like this:

1. A scan of the patient is taken using a Cone Beam CT Scanner;

2. The dentist takes an impression of the patient’s arch and creates a stone model;

3. The stone model is sent to us to be scanned by a 3D scanner;

4. For edentulous patients, in lieu of steps 1 and 3, a radiologic scanning guide is produced for the patient by the dentist, working with a dental laboratory, and a CT scan of the patient with the guide is taken and the guide is also scanned separately;

5. The scans are uploaded to our planning software to enable the dentist to complete the patient’s diagnosis and implant placement planning;

6.  The dentist completes the patient’s treatment plan, which is uploaded to the Scan Implant Guide planning software to generate a design of the surgical guide;

7. Scan Implant Guide manufactures the surgical guide by rapid manufacturing processes (no technician involvement) and sends it to the dentist; and

8. The dentist uses the surgical guide to easily and confidently place the implants.

Is Scan Implant Guide’s planning software FDA approved?


What materials are used to manufacture Scan Implant Guides and surgical tools?

Our surgical guides are manufactured using biomedical approved acrylic resin. Drill sleeves that fit into the surgical guide are medical grade titanium tubes. The instruments in our surgical kit are made of stainless steel.

How tall are the guide sleeves?

5mm. The end of the sleeve contacts the soft tissues.

Why is surgery easier using a Scan Implant Guide?

The correct angulation is built into the guide and the exact length is known from the top of the sleeve to the apex of the implant. Many surgeries can be done flapless.

What is the turnaround time for a Scan Implant Surgical Guide delivery from time of order?

Normal service is 5 working days. Expedited service in 48 hours is available in some areas. Please contact us for details.

What diameter drills can be used with Scan Implant Guide sleeves?

Most regular implant diameter drills in guided surgery kits from major companies can be used.

Is flapless surgery possible?

Yes, in most cases, resulting in less pain and swelling for patients, and faster implant placement.

Do we suggest soft tissue punching prior to flapless surgery?

Yes, although no research is available showing transgingival surgery to be detrimental. Punching can be done through the guide.

Can Scan Implant Surgical Guides be sterilized?

Yes, by cold sterilization. Ethylene oxide sterilization is possible.  Our surgical guides are delivered non-sterile.

How are guides supported in the mouth?

Guides can be tooth or soft tissue supported.

Can guides be fixed in the mouth?

Yes. The fixation sites can be planned with the implants, and incorporated into the guide.

Can angled implants be used?

Yes. Angled implants can be planned to use the maximum length of implant in the available bone.

Is Scan Implant Guide suitable for fully edentulous cases?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of implants planned. A full jaw restoration using 4 or 6 implants can also be planned using angled implants.

How many drill keys/handles do I need?

One for each diameter drill used.

Can implants be inserted through the guide?

Yes. The guide sleeves are made from Titanium for this purpose.

Can a flap be opened if necessary?

Yes. In all tooth supported cases, with our modified protocol for edentulous cases.

Where can the patient get a CT scan done?

Most dental scanning centers or at most modern CT scanning facilities (radiology center or hospital) with a multi-slice scanner. Scan Implant Guide will verify that the scanner you wish to use is compatible with Scan Implant Guide software and supply the scanning site with the CT protocols required to be used during the scan. The Scan Implant Guide software system is compatible with most cone beam CT imaging systems.

Is Scan Implant Guide software compatible with in-office dental CT scanners?

Yes. Scan Implant Guide software can be used with most dental CT imaging systems.

How do I get the CT scan back from the scanning site?

The scanning site will record the DICOM images from the scan onto a CD. Images can also be uploaded to Scan Implant Guide using HIPAA compliant protocols.

Is a radiographic scan appliance required for the process?

No, in most cases a CT scan of the patient and a 3D scan of the patient’s stone model arch is sufficient to complete the surgical planning and produce a surgical guide. A radiographic scan appliance is generally required only for completely or mostly edentulous patients. In that circumstance, the radiographic appliance must be prepared by you or your lab technician according to Scan Implant Guide protocols.

Note: No radiographic teeth or substance such as barium sulfate is required to outline the teeth. Scan Implant Guide protocols for scanning will highlight these structures digitally.

Can my own laboratory make the radiographic template?

Yes, simply, according to the Scan Implant Guide protocols supplied to you. Your laboratory can indicate on the template where the ideal position of the restored teeth should be from a functional and aesthetic point of view. This information can be related to in the planning.

Do I need to send models to Scan Implant Guide?

Yes, the stone model of the patient’s arch must be scanned with a 3D scanner and matched with the patient’s CT scan for surgical planning. If the patient is scanned using a radiographic scan appliance, this is not necessary and only the digital result of the scan is sent to us.

What are the benefits of using our planning software and a Scan Implant Surgical Guide?

There are many benefits to using our software and guides, including:

1.The Scan Implant Guide software uses native DICOM images directly from most CT scanners – no pre-processing is required;

2. Most cases do not require the fabrication of a radiographic guide for scanning;

3. Using advance virtual planning creates a more foreseeable outcome, and allows for more precise placement and positioning of implants in the patient’s jaw anatomy;

4. Completing the surgery with a Scan Implant Surgical Guide reduces surgery time, which reduces trauma, pain and swelling for patients, leading to faster recovery time;

5. In applicable cases, surgery can be done flapless;

6. Using a Scan Implant Surgical Guide results in more optimal, precise implant placement, which also results in improved prosthetic results.

7. The simplicity and speed of the process induces less stress in both the patient and the dentist.

Scan Implant Guide Offers Guided Surgery Seminars

Scan Implant Guide offers periodic seminars on a variety of topics, from basic tutorials on our planning software, to more complicated surgical procedures. For further details and a schedule of upcoming courses, please contact us TOLL FREE at (855) 373-1614 or by e-mail at info@si-guide.com.