1.4 Fabrication of the surgical drill template

A custom-made surgical drill template supports surgical and prosthetic planning. It should be a duplicate of the patient’s existing complete denture and perfectly fit the underlying bone and soft tissue. As such it facilitates preparation of the implant beds and enables precise use of the cutting instruments. This will help you to achieve the desired precise positioning and angulation of the implants during surgery.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the importance of using the patient’s existing well-fitting denture to prepare the radiographic template which then helps in the fabrication of a surgical drill template.

  • Be able to communicate with the dental lab on the specific requirements of fabricating the surgical drill template for the implant placement visit.

  • Know how to assess a surgical drill template intraorally.