Dental implants are artificial tooth roots inserted into the jaw to replace missing teeth. Today, implant retained restorations are the preferred method for treating tooth loss because they function the same as natural teeth, they are fixed and it is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth.
The use of 3D technology in dental implants has made the implant procedures more accurate, predictable and long lasting with very high success rate. During your initial visit a detailed assessment is necessary to ensure the implant retained restoration is placed in the ideal position.
You will have a thorough clinical examination, a 3D xray (CBCT, Cone Bean Computer Tomography) and impressions. The 3D images will allow us to assess the dimensions of the ridge, the bone density and the position of the adjacent nerves and blood vessels. The digital impressions are merged with the 3D xray images giving an accurate picture of the teeth, the soft tissue and the bone.
After your dentists designs the position of your implant digitally a custom made surgical stent is constructed with a 3D printer. Using the stent during the surgical procedure the implants are accurately placed at the same position as planned digitally.
The computer guided dental surgery has lots of advantages both for you and for your clinician.
- Your dentist will have all the necessary information before the implant placement and the surgery can be performed “virtually” minimising any future complications.
- The position of the implant and the future crown will be demonstrated to you before the implant placement. In this way you will be able to see the future result and any changes can be done at an early stage.
- The 3D image helps your dental surgeon avoid vital structures within your mouth, reducing surgical risks.
- The shape of the crown is designed in advance based on the available space, your bite and the shape of your adjacent teeth giving the best aesthetic result.