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SICAT Implant – Implant Planning, Drill Sleeve Selection and Surgical Guide Order Process

Learn in this course how 3D implant planning works in an intuitive workflow – from diagnosis to implant planning and clinical implementation with SICAT surgical guides. 

Experience the planning software for single-tooth and multiple restorations and benefit from a comprehensive database of more than 13,000 implants, abutments and sleeve systems.

After creating the CBCT scan, you can immediately show your planning to the patient and explain for example why augmentation is necessary, why the bone is not sufficient or why guided implant placement could be much safer.

Finally, learn how to choose the right sleeve among all available drill sleeves that fits the patient situation and supports your surgical requirements, which is of special relevance for a customized surgical guide.


  • How to plan implants
  • How to use the implant-aligned view
  • How to import CAD CAM data
  • How to place implants with CAD CAM Data imported
  • How to select different drill sleeves
  • How to order SICAT surgical guides

Target Group

Dentists who have previous experience with 3D implant planning software in general or with the SICAT Implant software in particular. Applicable for all those who have already completed the SICAT Implant Basic Course.

Additional information

Last Update: 2022-08-31

The latest version of the implant database is available in the download area of the implantology sub-category. A quick guide for installation of the implant database update is additionally available.
Make sure that you are using the latest version of the implant database. After having selected a tooth position and an implant system, a table with the available implants in that system is displayed. If no sleeve icon is shown next to the implant icon, then it is not supported as fully guided by the manufacturer. In that case, you always have the option to continue planning with pilot sleeves or the SICAT sleeve-in-sleeve system.
You can select either a pilot sleeve (only for the initial pilot drilling step), a SICAT sleeve-in-sleeve system (for the drilling of one pilot hole and at least one extension hole) or a guided sleeve by the implant manufacturer to implement fully guided surgery, if applicable.
1. Select the desired surgical guide type in the "Plans" area at the top right.
2. In the new selection area that appears below, select the desired sleeve system.
The optical impression should include minimum ¾ of the mandibular arch so that the guide will be securely supported. However, we recommend scanning the entire mandibular arch whenever possible to allow us to correct any faulty points or distortions of the optical impression at any time to achieve sufficient support.
The surgical guide is milled (OPTIGUIDE) or printed (DIGITALGUIDE) exactly according to the shape of the optical impression. The implants are planned within the jaw in the CBCT volume. If the optical impression and the patient anatomy in the CBCT do not match precisely, deviations between implant plan and the implant placement will occur.
The delivery item is:

1. An STL file of your surgical guide design ready for 3D printing,
2. A drilling protocol for all systems for which the implant manufacturer has provided SICAT with an official protocol.
To be able to order a SICAT RAPID DIGITALGUIDE you need:

• SICAT Implant V2.0.1 or higher.
• SICAT Implant Database Version V2.0 Update 3 or higher.

The current version of the implant database can be found in the download area on sicat.com in the category Implantology. Here you will also find a Quick Guide for the installation of the implant database update.
In addition to implant planning, you will need to accurately match an error-free optical impression that covers at least ¾ of the arch to the CBCT scan. Error free means: • There must be no distortions or voids. • Artifacts such as spikes, elevations or strange model sockets must be avoided. • The optical impression must cover the implant site completely. Please check the matching of the optical impressions with the CBCT image carefully as insufficient matching will result in deviations of your implant placement.
You can order a SICAT RAPID DIGITALGUIDE, for cases • where an accurate matching between optical scan and CBCT can be achieved • with 3 or more remaining teeth. Other SICAT surgical guide types are available for different indications. For more information, visit sicat.com.
Depending on the sleeve system you have chosen during the implant planning you can purchase the sleeves directly from your implant manufacturer or from SICAT.
In case the guide sleeve dimension does not correspond to the dimension of the hole in the surgical guide, please proceed as follows:

1. Please check whether the sleeve type selected in the software corresponds to the sleeve type you have available. If yes, see point 2. If no, please change the sleeve selection accordingly.
2. Please adjust the printer offsets up or down during the order process to achieve the proper result. If necessary, also use the available SICAT Offset reference bodies.
After the order process you will first receive an e-mail confirmation that your data has been uploaded to the SICAT Portal. After 10 - 20 min. you will receive another e-mail either informing you that your digital surgical guide model is available for download or that an automatic design process is not possible in this particular case.
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Enrolled: 106 students
Lectures: 6
Level: Advanced