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Dental implant surgery

One of dentistry’s greatest modern advances, dental implant surgery has become an increasingly popular tooth replacement system in recent years, and one that requires a new set of tools specific to dental implant surgery. Today, dental implants are widely considered to be the most dependable solution for missing teeth, with a long-term success rate of over 95%, and the ability to last for years with good care.

The global dental implants and prosthetics market has grown substantially in the past five years, and is continuing to expand faster than the dentist population itself in 2021. Implants are also currently the most common new procedure dentists are adding to their services.

Whether you are preparing to conduct dental implant surgery for the first time, or looking to improve your current technology, read on for a guide to the basic tools you’ll need- plus three new essential tools for easier dental implant surgery procedures and decreased risk of surgical trauma.

If you are considering adding dental implant surgery to your practice’s offerings, organizations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry are helpful resources to further your education.

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The basics

Surgery setup pack

Just like any surgical intervention, sterile conditions are absolutely mandatory for dental implant surgery. A surgery setup pack typically includes sterile gloves, masks, gowns, doctor head covers, handle covers, plastic tube covers, counter and table drapes, and sponges.

Hand tools

The tray setup for implant surgery should contain a series of basic tools such as dental mirrors, scalers, curettes, cotton pliers, a periodontal probe, a periosteal elevator, a hemostat, and a suction holder. Additionally, calipers, surgical scissors, retractors and scalpels should be on hand.

Surgical handpiece and motor

The implant motor and handpiece includes a sterile saline pump with tubing, for both internal and external irrigation. Browse surgical handpieces and motors here.

Drill kits

A drill kit typically includes drills, screw taps, parallel pins, adapters, implant carriers, torque wrenches, and hand drivers. Drills must be arranged according to the order they will be used, and must correspond to the specific diameter of the implant. Browse drills and drill bits here.

New essential tools for dental implant surgery

Tissue punch kit

In cases that allow for a flapless surgical procedure, tissue punches can gain access to the underlying bone at the implant site with a minimal amount of surgical trauma. A micro-blade scalpel and a large serrated curette can then help remove the tissue from the implant site.

Tissue punches are generally used when there is good ridge width and keratinized gingiva, and the implant location is easily accessible for the punch. Tissue punches come in a range of diameters, from 3.5mm to 5.5mm. Using a tissue punch forcep can improve access to the implant site.

Bone expander drill kits

Bone expander drills are an alternative to bone chisels, to expand the mandible and maxilla in preparation for dental implant surgery. Expanders are also an alternative to the maxillary sinus elevation technique.

The bone expander drill drives expanders into the jawbone with a ratchet wrench or low-speed handpiece. This technique decreases the risk of surgical trauma. Bone expanders can improve clinical success by improving the stability of the implant and ensuring bone density is unaffected by the procedure.

Kits contain: bone expanders, pilot drill, saw, ratchet wrench connector, handpiece connector, and thumb knob.

Bone grafting instruments

Some procedures, such as tooth extraction and implant placements, can require bone grafting. A challenge with dental implants is ensuring that the jawbone remains sturdy enough to keep the implant(s) in place. Bone grafts support the implants by becoming an integrated part of the jawbone.

Because no two patients have the same exact needs, no two implant cases are the same. A range of different bone grafting instruments are needed to effectively execute each customized bone graft while minimizing discomfort for the patient.

The bone grafting process requires the following tools:

Medident Implant Instruments

Complete dental implant kits

Looking for a comprehensive dental implant kit? Here are some of our favorites.


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