Computer aided implant placement allows very precise delivery of dental implants. This maximizes the bone support around the implant being placed, and is useful for patients that have compromised bone levels or need placement in a very precise location due to their anatomy. Limited bone or enlarged sinuses can interfere with conventional implant placement, making it impossible for some patients. Implementing computer guided placement, implant dentists are able to pinpoint exactly what angle the implant root can be placed in order to make the treatment a possibility after all.
Other than the obvious benefit of enhanced stability, computer guided dental implant placement also reduces the amount of healing time by as much as 50%. Traditional dental implant surgeries can take as long as 6 months to allow for new bone formation to be completed around a new implant root. With computer-aided placement, the implant is already placed into healthy bone, and only a minimum amount of new bone growth is needed. Most of these procedures are ready within 3 months for the fixed prosthesis.
Once full osseointegration (new bone fusing with the implant) has occurred, the implant is ready to have an abutment attached to it. This abutment can support an individual crown, multi-tooth bridge, or even a full denture. Implant roots are regarded to be even more structurally sound than a natural tooth.
Why not consider implants for replacing your missing teeth? If another dentist has ever told you that you’re not an implant candidate, ask about computer guided implant placement. Most dentists will offer a complementary consultation to patients that are considering the treatment, giving you a convenient opportunity to find out if it’s a method that will benefit your smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
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