How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone and after a short healing period a natural looking porcelain crown is attached.
Dental implants are considered todays preferred solution to the problem of missing teeth.
They have been routinely used with a success rate of over 95%. Recent developments in digital treatment planning have improved both the implants themselves and the technology that supports them.
Besides teeth and gums the jaws also contain nerves, sinuses and other structures. Before planning the ideal position of your implant your dentist needs to know the exact location of anatomical structures that lie beneath your gums. That’s where 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) can help.
By using a CBCT scanner your dentist can see exactly the position of the nerves, the size of the sinus cavities and even the amount and the quality of your bone. The 3D scans can help pinpoint the best possible position for you implants based on your anatomy.
A digital copy of your teeth and gums in conjunction with the images obtained from CBCT scans allows you to see what your smile will look like after the treatment.
PC software combines all images and your dentist can virtually plan the entire implant procedure in advance, even trying different sized implants in various positions in order to come up with the ideal solution for you.
Custom Made Surgical Guide
A surgical guide is a custom-made device that is manufactured based on your anatomy and the implant position. They are individually produced with 3D Printing using the digital information that was obtained from your CBCT scan and your digital impressions.
During the implant placement the surgical guides are secured on your remaining teeth or your gums.
Using a surgical guide your dentist can be sure that the implant will be placed at the precise position, depth and angle and may allow you to spend less time on the dental chair.
Using advanced diagnostic imaging, virtual treatment planning and guided surgery implants are provided with greater precision, accuracy and efficiency and more patients are enjoying the benefits of dental implant with more conservative and predictable treatment.