Comparison of drilling methods and guide features
Better and Simple System Design:
Not “Just A Guide”
Most tube guides are 3D printed or milled using rigid polymers or resins, providing a hard, sometimes slippery construction and translucent nature which can compromise fit, stability and resulting accuracy while providing less-than-optimal visibility and intraoperative hassles. These guides include tubes – thus referred to as “tube guides” – represent an industry standard, designed to work with select drill “keys”/ handles. While they can work well, they can present significant limitations:
- Inaccurate fit and poor/ negligible retention
- Impaired visibility and access to the surgical site
- Impeded flap reflection when needed
- Vertical space constraints in posterior sites (requires 7-9mm additional space)
- Unable to easily modify entry point or trajectory intraoperatively
- Inability to irrigate thoroughly or insert implant through the guide
- “Handle leverage” which can compromise access and accuracy as well as instrument crowding
Tube guides use the top and bottom of the tube to define the drilling trajectory (since two points define a line). Our patented ThinLayer® Tubeless Guide addresses material and design limitations of tube guides by creating the points of the trajectory in sequence. In our system, a guided bleeding point (and/or pilot hole) and the ThinLayer® Guide hole define the two points of the drilling trajectory – without the tube! This drill guide design provides full visibility and access to the surgical site, requires no more vertical space than freehand, and enables you to change the entry point or trajectory.
Simpler Model to Suit Your Needs
Our ThinLayer surgical guide system works with most non-guided drills OR with guided surgery instrument kits you may already own – and it accommodates all implant systems. The treatment planning software is free and can facilitate treatment planning for any implant system you prefer; it works on either PC or Mac computers and is readily downloadable from Blue Sky Bio. We can work with patient and model scans from your own scanner or a local scan center and share them confidentially and conveniently online.
As displayed openly on our ThinLayer Guide System Page, we charge only $250 for a single implant ThinLayer system – a tubed ThinLayer guide, disposable drill stops custom to your drills and handpiece and an endofile with stop – with opportunity to try the unique tubeless guide and stepped drills on your first case. We also offer expert planning services for an additional $100-250 (dependent on the number of implants). Whether you plan or we plan, we recommend using the treatment plan to collaborate pre-surgically with your restorative dentist.
In our constant pursuit of excellent customer satisfaction and improvement, we offer a full money-back guarantee on our ThinLayer system.
We formed Guided Surgery Solutions, LLC, to make guided surgery technically and economically feasible for all implant surgeons. We are guided toward this vision by three goals:
- Eliminate barriers to the adoption of guided surgery
- Build simple, open, and sustainable products and systems
- Actively seek customer feedback and let it guide our business
Our company focuses solely on guided surgery. When customers present difficult situations, we find creative solutions. We keep things simple, and move nimbly to do the right thing for clinicians and their patients.