Dynamic Image Guided Surgery (Stereotactic Surgery) is a new and exciting field of dental surgery. Dr. Emery is one of the inventors of the X-Guide. This type of surgery was pioneered in medicine. It is used by neurosurgeons and other medical surgical specialties to allow the surgeon to “virtually” see into their patient real time while they operate and “guide” their instruments to accurate locations real time using computer guidance. X-Guide is the newest and most advanced system approved for the placement of dental implants. Our doctors use this technology to place dental implants, as well as perform other oral and maxillofacial procedures that require extreme precision and accuracy.

There are a number of steps required to perform these procedures:

  1. A small piece of plastic is warmed in water and placed on you teeth. (An X-Clip). This is cooled in water and put back in the same spot on your teeth.
  2. A CBCT is then captured.
  3. Your dentist and our doctors work together to plan your implant restoration during a virtual surgery over the internet. If the devise is used for other procedures, for example removing highly complex wisdom teeth, the surgery is reviewed together by both doctors before your surgery is completed.
  4. The tracking array is placed in your mouth at the time of surgery and registered to the system before surgery is started. An array is attached to the instrument that our doctors will use during surgery and it is registered to the system.
  5. Surgery is then performed under dynamic image guidance with the plan both your doctors have reviewed prior to surgery. The incisions are minimal and the surgery highly accurate.

Dr. Emery presenting the X-Guide at the Hi-Clearance 2017 Dental Implant Forum in Taipei


Watch more videos from Taipei Dental Implant Forum here.
Learn more about dynamic image guided surgery calling our Washington, D.C. office at (202) 386-7100.