Profile surgical template: a systematic approach to precise implant placement. A technical note

Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. Jan-Feb 1998;13(1):109-14.


The precise placement of dental implants is essential to designing a prosthesis that fulfills the esthetic and functional requirements of the patient, and simultaneously allows clear phonetics and facilitates oral hygiene. To achieve this, an effective surgical template is essential: it must provide good orientation, be comfortable, have adequate intraoral fixation, allow freedom of choice to the surgeon, and be capable of use during image-diagnostic procedures. In accordance with this criteria, the profile surgical template, based on utilization of the buccal contour of missing teeth, has been designed.

MeSH terms

  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous / instrumentation*
  • Dental Models
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Jaw, Edentulous / rehabilitation
  • Jaw, Edentulous / surgery
  • Models, Anatomic*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Preoperative Care