Navigation in oral surgery, often referred to as surgical navigation or computer-assisted surgery, is a state-of-the-art technology that provides real-time guidance during surgical procedures. Using a specialized system that interacts with the surgical instruments and patient’s anatomy, it allows surgeons to track and guide the position and movement of the instruments within the surgical field, enhancing precision and safety.
In a navigated oral surgery procedure, the process typically begins with a detailed 3D scan of the patient’s mouth and jaw, often using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This digital model is then used to plan the surgery in detail.
During the surgery, the navigation system displays a real-time, 3D visualization of the surgical field, showing the precise position and movement of the surgical instruments in relation to the patient’s anatomy. This allows the surgeon to perform the procedure with enhanced precision and control, reducing the risk of complications.
Navigation is particularly useful in complex oral surgeries, such as dental implant placement, jaw surgery, and removal of impacted teeth or complex cysts.
Navigation in oral surgery represents a significant advancement in surgical technology, providing unprecedented precision and safety in various surgical procedures. This cutting-edge approach leads to improved outcomes, shorter recovery times, and high patient satisfaction. As always, it’s important to consult with your oral surgeon to understand the benefits of navigated surgery and whether it’s the right choice for your specific case.