In a traditional dental implant placement, a doctor must mentally visualize aspects of the surgery based on diagnostic tests and then conduct the procedure freehand. This increases the risk that the surgery will deviate from the ideal placement, and patients might not get the most aesthetic and durable outcome.

As an alternative, Capital Center® for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers guided implant surgery to patients. Our specialists use X-Guide™, the most advanced surgical tracking system in the world, to provide the best results possible. Practice founder Dr. Robert Emery is one of the inventors of the X-Guide system. His contributions to the field have revolutionized the way doctors perform procedures that require extreme accuracy.

Benefits of Guided Implant Surgery With X-Guide

A 3D navigation system, X-Guide allows oral surgeons to visualize the implant site according to a digital treatment plan. It then provides turn-by-turn guidance during the surgery.

X-Guide distinguishes itself from other guided implant surgery systems because it is dynamic rather than static. With other systems, doctors can’t easily adapt to issues they encounter during procedures. Using X-Guide, our doctors can change course in the middle of surgery based on the height and thickness of the soft tissue. This research-backed technology offers many other benefits over freehand placement:

Minimally invasive. Our doctors can perform implant procedures without incisions, which means less trauma, less discomfort, and a speedier recovery. Typically, our patients only need over-the-counter pain medications following surgery with the X-Guide system.

Accurate. X-Guide is 10 times more precise than a freehand approach. Because it takes the guesswork out of placement, guided implant surgery provides predictable results with little risk of complication.

Efficient. With dynamic navigation, our surgeons can take scans of a patient’s mouth, design a digital plan for the surgery, and place the implants on the same day.

Based on these same benefits, Capital Center® for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialists have also used the X-Guide system for deep bone biopsies, bone grafting, sinus lifts, and third molar surgery.

How Guided Implant Surgery With X-Guide Works


Your doctor will begin designing your procedure during your initial visit to our practice. Using a small device called an X-Clip, the doctor will virtually map all of the features of your teeth and supporting jaw bone. The process will only take a few minutes, and most patients find it very comfortable.

Surgical Planning

The doctor will also take a CBCT and an intraoral laser scan and combine these scans with data from the X-Clip. Using this information, the doctor will determine the ideal location for your implant. X-Guide allows our specialists to see all angles of the implant site as a rich 3D landscape.

Guided Implant Surgery

During your procedure, your doctor will use the X-Clip to get a 360-degree view of the implant site. Like using GPS for driving directions, the X-Guide provides turn-by-turn guidance for placing the implant according to the treatment plan. Using the X-Guide helps our doctors control the exact position, angle, and depth of the implant, offering remarkable accuracy compared to freehand techniques.

Microscope Surgery

Our specialists operate using a 3D surgical microscope (MoraVision™) to enhance the precision of their procedures. We can look all of the way down to the tip of the tooth, make smaller incisions, and limit damage to the surrounding tissues. As a result, you can expect a more comfortable experience and a shorter, easier recovery.

Advancing the Field of Dental Implantology

The X-Guide system was developed through X-NAV, a cutting-edge medical device company founded by Dr. Robert Emery and his partners. The technology builds on Dr. Emery’s world-class knowledge of dental implants, surgical tracking, and treatment imaging.

X-Guide aims to revolutionize the way that oral surgeons perform their procedures. The results of implants placed with guided implant surgery are scientifically proven, and specialists around the world now use the technology in their procedures.

One of the unique features of X-Guide is that it can capture data related to the doctor’s performance during surgery, measuring the accuracy of the implant’s placement. As a result, Capital Center® for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has demonstrable evidence of the high quality of its procedures. If your goal is to receive a tooth restoration that is comfortable, strong, durable, and natural-looking, we invite you to explore the difference in our care.

What Our Patients Are Saying!

“I came to Dr. Emery after two prior implants failed. My dentist and periodontist told me he was “the fixer,” and they were right! A year after my first of two bone grafts, the new implant is solid as a rock.”  -L.S.

“Dr. Emery’s office is 5 star all around. Every member of the staff is patient, courteous and patient centered. There is a tangible feeling of efficiency and proficiency coupled with Dr. Emery’s great bedside manner that made my procedure as pleasant as possible.” -Manette Mayberg

“Dr. Emery was amazing with my daughter. He was kind and professional. If we are ever in need of an oral surgeon again there is no one else I would consider seeing.” -Jennifer Langdon

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