Implant planning has moved in recent years to virtual planning with a CBCT scan and fabrication of a surgical guide based on that virtual planning. Unfortunately, positioning based on prosthetics is typically missing from the CBCT scan. Use of a diagnostic guide fabricated in office permits information from ideal prosthetic positioning to improve virtual planning and subsequent fabricated of a corrected surgical guide. This becomes more important when insufficiencies in the ridges horizontal aspects (width) will require ridge augmentation to allow later implant placement. This article discusses a case with insufficient ridge width and determination of where augmentation is required to house implants in ideal prosthetic positions, the subsequent grafting, implant placement and restoration.

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