When teeth are lost, so is some of the architectural support that the oral cavity provides to our face and overall health. The missing teeth will cause surrounding teeth to sustain increased biting forces which can disturb the mouth’s equilibrium resulting in shifting and tooth fractures. Dental implants are a reliable way of restoring these missing teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are comprised of bio-compatible materials that harmoniously integrate with the human body. They are a safe and long-term solution if planned properly. Utilizing the latest digital technology we can completely plan for the final placement and restoration before surgery even happens.
The Three Phases of Dental Implants
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Digital Guided Surgery
Even the most complex cases can be planned to maximize success.
Three Phases of Implant Treatment
01. Planning Phase
Digital diagnostics including 3D imagery, x-rays, scans (impressions) and photos are analyzed to devise a comprehensive treatment plan to properly place and restore the dental implants. Using advanced technology, our team will determine the ideal position, size, and type of each implant to maximize the success of the case.
02. Surgical Phase
Implant surgery may be as simple as placing the implant into an existing edentulous space or as complex as removal of failed teeth or implants requiring bone grafting and sinus lifts. When accuracy is critical we use a surgical guide to ensure safety and maximize success.
03. Restorative Phase
Once the implant is integrated it is ready to be restored. Our on-site dental lab fabricates natural-looking crowns and bridges to bring beauty and function back to your smile.
Digital Planning and Surgical Guides
Dental CT Scan
CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) is a special type of x-ray that provides a 3-D view of the jaw bone, teeth and surroundings. Quality of bone, presence of infection and location of vital structures such as nerves, sinuses and soft tissue can be precisely located.
Digital Impression System
Using an intraoral wand, a complete 3D digital dental record of the teeth and soft tissue is created without the need for messy impression materials.
Digital Planning and Design Software
The digital dental record is overlayed on the CBCT scan to ensure that the implants are positioned in healthy bone. Also, the size and angulations of the implants are precisely determined to facilitate proper restoration.
The data from the digital planning is used to create a surgical guide to assist during the surgical phase of treatment. It securely fits into the mouth and allows for safe and accurate implant placement. In addition, it can minimize the amount of trauma to the tissue allowing for minimal discomfort and faster healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Dental Implants safe?
Yes. Dental implants are made up of bio-compatible materials that integrate with human body.
Are Dental Implants painful?
The tissues are fully anesthetized during surgical placement to allow for easy placement. You can expect some discomfort following the procedure but often times it is quite minimal requiring only mild pain relief.
Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?
Following a CBCT scan and comprehensive exam we can determine if you are a candidate.
Are Dental Implants permanent?
Dental implants osseo-integrate with the jaw bone and are permanently fixed into position.
Can Dental Implants fail?
Yes, but with proper planning and oral hygiene the success rate is over 95%.