Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Could a Robot Place Your Next Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A Chinese woman recently had a dental implant placed by a robot with a pre-programmed procedure. Human doctors were right there to make sure everything went well, but they didn’t participate.

The implant was placed accurately.

We’re now a huge step closer to automated dental surgery in America thanks to a new system.

Yomi is the robotic dental surgery assistant now FDA-approved for use in the United States.

This system isn’t meant to take the control right out of the dentists’ hands, however. Yomi helps to make their own work more precise.

Until recently, traditional implant placement meant that a surgeon had to make a map of a patient’s mouth and then operate based what he or she saw in the images.

Computer-assisted 3D virtual surgery planning has helped a lot. But it’s still up to the doctor to look at the plan and then estimate the correct angle and depth in the gums for placing the implant.

Yomi creates a 3D image of the patient’s mouth with a CAT scan. This image can be manipulated throughout the procedure. Best of all, Yomi’s surgical arm is linked with the image like a car can be linked to a GPS. So during the surgery it ensures that the drill only moves at the angle and depth originally planned.

Yomi allows for the treatment plan to change as needed, and the surgeon is always in control of the machine.

It’s fascinating to see how implant surgery is getting faster, more accurate, and less-invasive.

Contact your local dental office to find out more about the advances being made in dental implant technology. A consultation will reveal whether an implant is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Jan
8

Is It Painful to Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A metal screw in your jaw doesn’t exactly sound comfortable. While that’s essentially what a dental implant is, the treatment to get one is surprisingly easier than it seems.

What the Procedure Feels Like

Getting a dental implant is a fairly quick process. Your new tooth will probably be placed in less than an hour. During that time, the dentist will make sure that you’re comfortable with plenty of anesthetic. This might include some sedation on top of the local numbing medication.

If you’re conscious for the procedure, you’ll feel pressure but probably nothing worse than what it feels like to have a tooth pulled. Other than that, you shouldn’t be too uncomfortable. Folks are usually very surprised at how fast and pain-free the process is.

How About After Surgery?

It’s common to have some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most patients are able to manage their pain quite easily, and any residual discomfort typically goes away within a few days.

Here’s what you can do after your implant surgery to reduce any lingering pain:

  • Take the pain-killer your dentist prescribes or recommends
  • Place an ice pack or cold compress against the side of your face to reduce swelling
  • Gently rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater
  • Get plenty of rest

Once your implant has healed into place, it’s going to feel just like a natural tooth, only stronger. Ask your dentist about the dental implant therapy available at your office and how they manage the pain there.

If you’re thinking about completing your smile with a dental implant restoration, don’t let fear of pain hold you back!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Nov
24

Speed Up Healing After Implant Placement: 3 Tips

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is an incredible restoration! It will give you the look, feel, and function just like that of the tooth you lost. Dental implant placement procedures are one of the most predictable ones in dentistry. You can make your recovery even easier by following these suggestions.

  1. Protein and Vitamin C

Your body will need the strength for rebuilding tissues. This comes from protein in your diet. Healing is enhanced with the help of some vitamin C. This vitamin will also boost your immune system so that your body can more easily fight off infection.

Just remember to be careful about chewing with a new implant. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to play it safe and make your first few meals shakes or smoothies.

  1. Get Lots of Rest!

You need to take it easy! The recovery period after having an implant placed allows your body to focus its energy on healing the site.

Physical exercise that raises your heart rate can put pressure on the healing site. This means that a blood clot won’t form. The clot is necessary for the tissues to knit.

So don’t be shy about taking a day or two off from work to enjoy a “stay-cation” at home!

  1. Take Medication as Directed

You may be in some discomfort after the surgery. If you take any prescribed pain medication as directed soon after the procedure, chances are you’ll be a lot more comfortable. When you’re comfortable, you’ll rest better. And as we discussed before, you need rest!

Before your implant procedure, ask your dentist about what you should do to make sure healing is a success!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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