REPLACEDENT®: Computer-Guided Keyhole Implant Treatment

Dr Aran Moorthy

Dr Aran Moorthy

This article was written by Australian dental surgeon Dr Aran Moorthy, BDS. Dr Moorthy has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide. You can read more about Dr Moorthy here >

Replacedent Keyhole dental implant placement

REPLACEDENT® is a revolutionary new implant procedure that allows you to have dental implants in far less time—using 3-D technology and computer-guided keyhole implant placement. Thanks to be latest enhancements in 3-D technology, there’s now no need to undergo lengthy, invasive surgical procedures to receive your dental implants.

Written by Dr Aran Moorthy

REPLACEDENT® is an exciting new procedure that it is minimally invasive (meaning virtually pain-free) and time-efficient. It allows for precise, predictable and permanent tooth replacement with dental implants, and is appropriate for single, multiple or all teeth (full arch) replacement options.

The keyhole implant placement process

  • During your initial consultation, we’ll  take an impression of your mouth.
  • You’ll then be referred out to a nearby facility for a diagnostic scan. Computer-guided technology allows us to determine the best plan of action for placing your dental implants using a 3-D printed keyhole template.
  • On the day of your implant procedure, a dentist will use computer guided technology to place your implants in the exact location required via keyhole surgery.
  • After your procedure, you can almost immediately get back to your life and work. No lengthy periods of painful recovery or downtime are required. And, your procedure will be almost completely pain-free.
  • A healing time of approximately 3 months will be required (so the bone can fuse with the implant). Then, before your next appointment, we use 3-D printing to print (or mill) your new crown or bridge, so that it’s ready to be fitted on your next appointment.


  • Minimally invasive  – virtually pain-free
  • Quick recovery time – as the surgery is precise and there is minimal pain, little time is needed to recuperate
  • Fewer appointments
  • Precise, predictable results – 3-D technology allows us to be incredibly accurate and explore all possibilities to determine the best position to place your implants for optimal results.


Am I suitable for the REPLACEDENT® procedure?

Your dentist will assess suitability for the procedure by performing a 3-D diagnostic scan of your mouth.

What is the success rate of the implants procedure?

Millions of people worldwide have benefited from dental implants, with a cumulative success rate over 30 years of over 95%.

How long will I have to wait before implant placement if I need some teeth extracted first?

I some of your teeth need extracting, you’ll need to wait a minimum of 3 months before implant placement.

Can I claim through my health insurance?

Most people with major dental cover can claim a proportion of their implant or crown cost through their health insurance fund. However, the amount varies depending on your health fund, level of cover and amount of time you’ve been with the fund. We’ll provide you with item numbers, then use our HICAPS machine to can determine the exact amount of money you would be rebated.

Where did REPLACEDENT® come from?

The REPLACEDENT® procedure was invented in Melbourne, Australia.

How will I care for my dental implants?

Your dentist will explain how to care for your dental implants. Although not difficult to maintain, they will require good hygiene and regular cleaning, much like normal teeth. And, as with normal teeth, you’ll be required to have regular oral check-ups.

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