Dental Implants are one of the most significant development in dentistry. They are considered to be “the standard of Care”! Implants have been extensively researched for many years and have a very high success rate, often greater than 95%. Implants have enabled us to improve the quality of our patients’ lives.
The placement of dental implants is a two-phase procedure.
During the first phase, the implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. These small devices make-up the foundation needed (the root) to securely hold the replacement teeth. And they gradually bond with the jawbone.
The second phase begins after 3-6 months where your dentist will attach small posts which will act as anchors for the replacement teeth. The posts protrude through the gum line onto which the replacement teeth will fit securely in the mouth, and withstand the day-to-day movement and pressure created by chewing and speaking.
Guided Implant Surgery Process
Dental implant technologies can make a big difference in the comfort and speed of your dental implant procedure as well as the quality of your results. Our office is equipped with the latest cutting edge technology to deliver the best possible results.
In our office, every case follows the same protocol as described in the below steps.
1. CT Scan
KavoScan is a powerful imaging technology that creates a 3D computer model of your bone structure. We can use this model to precisely plan your dental implant surgery before we begin. It’s almost like having the first part of your surgery performed on the computer.
CT Dental Scan allows us to find the ideal placement for your dental implants without guesswork and without additional cutting. It allows us to get your dental surgery right the first time, so there’s no need for multiple procedures. The scan is taken at our office and takes only a few seconds with very minimal radiation (unlike medical grade CT scans).
2. Intraoral scanning with iTero
The 3D iTero Scanner is one of a new breed of technology that is revolutionizing dentistry. These types of advanced intra-oral scanners work by capturing thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth, and then assembling them into an incredibly accurate 3D model of your mouth, teeth and gums. We will be able to assess how the final crown will look and plan accordingly before even starting the surgery.
2. Integration and fabrication of Surgical Stent
We will merge your scans and planned procedure and work with a lab to fabricate a plastic surgical stent custom made to your teeth to use at the time of surgery. This stent will be 3D printed according to the specific guidelines we planned on the scans. The stent will guide us to place the implants in the planned position and angulation with no errors yielding predictable results. In most occasions, no sutures will be needed
After 3-6 months of healing, we will prepare your implant for the final crown. You will come in our office to check of the stability of the implant, then we will take a scan or impression to submit to our lab for fabrication of your post and crown. You will return to our office for a final visit to screw the post (abutment) and cement the crown that will look like your natural tooth.
Benefits of Guided Implant Placement
- Shorter dental implant surgery
- Predictability with more precise dental implant placement
- Lower risk of complications
- Generally no need for stitches
- Quicker healing
- Less discomfort/pain
- Less trauma
- Higher success rate
**Ask us to see the simulated implant models and take a tour around our state-of-the-art office to view the latest technology we use**