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Apr
5

Computer Guided Implant Placement

Posted in Dental Implants

Advancements in dental implant placement are making the option quicker, more successful, and an option for more patients than ever before.

Using 3D imaging technology, your dentist can pinpoint the highest quality and quantity of bone throughout the jaw. This allows implants to be placed at precise locations and angles, without the need for additional types of surgery. You may even be able to avoid grafts, sinus lifts, or additional implants.

The placement of the computer guided implant procedure is extremely precise. As a result, recovery time is much shorter. Most people experience far less discomfort and see speedy improvement in their oral health with this type of procedure.

For people who were never candidates for implants, either due to lack of bone support or otherwise – computer technology opens the doors for more opportunities. Even if you’ve been told in the past that traditional implants weren’t an option, the computer-guided process could change all of that.

So how does it work? Using advanced imaging technology, you have what seems like a normal dental x-ray taken. In reality, the machine is scanning thousands of layers of your jaw and oral anatomy. Then, these images are transferred into a computer software. Your dentist can see exactly where and at what angle an implant can be placed. In some cases, a computer generated surgical guide may also be used.

With a greater support system, patients who are replacing all of their teeth at one time can benefit from fewer implants. In some cases, full dentures may only need 4 or 6 implants to retain them securely.

Find out more about computer implant treatments by schedule a consultation with your implant dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Oct
25

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

“Years ago, they told me I wasn’t a candidate for implants. Has that changed?”

You could be one of the many patients who have wondered about that very same question.

At the heart of the matter, implants are only possible if there is enough bone available to anchor them to. For a long time, whether or not implants were a viable option was dependent upon how much bone was seen in a simple x-ray. A lot of people were informed that they simply didn’t have enough available bone to retain an implant.

Happily, this has changed. How so? Consider just a few of the latest technologies that have brought back implant procedures as a tooth-replacement option.

Bone Augmentation

There are a variety of surgeries designed to increase the amount of bone in certain areas of the mouth with the aim of fortifying them for implants.

3D Imaging and Computer-Guided Implant Placement

Recent technologies provide oral surgeons with a highly-detailed map of not just your teeth, but jaw structure, nerves, blood vessels, and sinuses. Computer programs are used to project the most effective way to place implants for optimal security and support. More information and advanced planning options increase the chances of successful implant retention.

Zygomatic Implants

The upper arch can be the most difficult to treat with implants. Zygomatic implants allow for a full denture or partial bridge to be anchored to implants securely embedded in the strong cheekbone. This technique virtually eliminates the need for any bone grafting.

Perhaps you were once informed that implants were not an option for you. With the amount of technologies, information, and trained surgeons increasing everyday, you now have far more options at your disposal. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss what implant therapies may benefit you.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

Sep
28

Don’t Take No for an Answer For Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Some patients find themselves very discouraged after being told by a dentist that they’re not a candidate for dental implants. Although some people may not be, the number of people that can’t elect to have implant therapy is growing smaller and smaller, thanks to the amount of technology and advanced skill of experienced dental implant providers. 

Patients that previously thought they did not have enough bone due to the image on a 2-dimensional x-ray can now have 3D scanning performed to find out if that is indeed the case. 3D digital CT scanning allows dental implant providers to place implants in areas that were previously thought too unstable. The virtual image guidance helps dentists take advantage of exactly where the patient’s natural bone formation is, allowing the implant to be installed at an angle that results in a secure placement. If necessary, bone grafting may be used to encourage new formation of bone in the area where the implant is to be placed. 

Using computer guided implant placement also tremendously reduces the amount of recovery time needed after the surgery. Some patients have implants placed as well as the restorations on the very same day. Dental implants can be used to replace single teeth, support multiple tooth dental bridges, or even a full mouth implant anchored denture. 

Has your general dentist told you that implants weren’t an option? Does the thought of wearing a removable partial or denture make you upset? Then it’s time to get a second opinion. Call your nearest implant dentist today for a second opinion. You might just be surprised!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

May
8

Computer Guided Implant Placement

Posted in Dental Implants

The right amount of bone in the mouth is essential for a successful dental implant treatment. Sometimes the anatomy of the bone may be compromised due to physical factors, history of gum disease, or sinus problems. Thankfully, computer guided implant placement can capitalize on areas where bone levels are their best, and make implant therapy extremely successful. Even patients that have previously been told that they are not candidates for dental implants may find that computer guided treatments are possible!

Healing is dramatically reduced with these types of treatments, because the surgical placement is so precise. What used to take as long as 6 months for proper healing before a permanent implant abutment could be delivered can now be done in just 3 months.

Once your implant is placed using CT guiding technology, it is covered and allowed to have new bone fuse around the artificial titanium root. This bone fusion and development is called “osseointegration,” and is essential for long-term success of the implant. Once osseointegration is achieved, an implant can support even more weight than a natural tooth. The implant is uncovered, an abutment is placed, and the permanent restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture is fixed into place.

Implants provide a permanent, secure option for patients in need of tooth replacement. What used to be an option only for a select patients is now becoming the go-to treatment preferred by most dentists and their patients for replacing single, multiple, or all of the teeth. If you’ve had questions about whether or not you are a candidate for implants, or have previously been told that you are not, then schedule a consultation with a dentist that offers computer guided implant placement.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Apr
6

Computer Guided Implant Placement

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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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