Simple, quick, and efficient implant placement jig
Mini-implant anchorage system depends on factors related to the clinician’s skills, patient compliance and the screw design itself for its success. Accurate placement of the implants requires meticulous assessment of clinical and radiographical implant insertion site to determine the available bone density and to avoid premature contact with important anatomical structures like roots or the peridontium.
Here, we describe an implant placement jig, which is easy and quick to fabricate chair-side, accurate, cost-effective, reusable, and sterilizable.
FABRICATION OF THE JIG
The jig is fabricated using commonly available 0.014″ ligature wire. The technique involves twisting the ligature wire around the neck of a probe using Mathieu’s needle holder to form a loop [Figure 1]. Next a small horizontal offshoot of the ligature wire is twisted at right angles on either side of the vertical segment of the wire [Figure 2]. The horizontal offshoots given alternately on either side of the vertical segment of the wire after a certain distance help to prevent obscuring the radiographic image at the placement site and also helps to divide the implant insertion region into quadrants for ease of placement [Figure 3]. No special grid is required to check the angulation of the horizontal arms, which can be easily evaluated on the routine arch form template [Figure 4]. The free ends of the jig are then ligated to the brackets of the two adjacent teeth between the roots of which the implant is to be inserted into, with the vertical arm lying in the sulcus between the two teeth [Figure 5].
Next a routine radiograph taken prior to implant placement is obtained [Figure 6]. Here, the site of implant placement is determined, and the quadrant of the jig in which the implant is to be placed is decided. After implant placement into the desired quadrant another regular intraoral periapical (IOPA) is taken to determine the accuracy of the implant insertion [Figure 7]. No additional exposure to X-rays renders this technique to be patient and clinician friendly.
Simple and easy to fabricate requiring minimal chair-side time.
Autoclavable and hence can be reused for implant placement in another patient.
Cost effective as it makes use of commonly available materials like ligature wire for its fabrication.
Makes use of routine pre- and post-implant placement IOPAs and hence does not expose the patient to any additional radiation.
Since it is fabricated from 0.014″ ligature wire twisted around itself, it is sufficiently rigid.
It consists of all segments at 90° to each other so any displacement in the sulcus can easily be identified and corrected.