1.4 Fabrication of the surgical drill template

A custom-made surgical drill template supports surgical and prosthetic planning. It helps to facilitate preparation of the implant beds to help you carry out the desired positioning and angulation of the implants during surgery. It is constructed in relation to the remaining natural dentition and residual alveolar ridges.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the importance of a diagnostic wax-up, which 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.