Guided Implant Placement
Technological Solutions for Dental Implants
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. This process is called Osseoingration. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
For a dental implant to be successful, it should to be placed in an ideal position. This will allow the crown(s) to become part of your smile.
Today’s technology allows dentists to see where the implant will be placed in three dimensions, along with a simulation of how the tooth to be replaced will look.
To replicate the simulation a template is printed in three dimension that matches you and your mouth uniquely. This template is called a surgical guide or surgical stent.
The surgical guide enables the dentist to recreate the computerized simulation and precisely place dental implants.
For many years dentists prepared and implemented dental implant procedures based on rough X-Rays. While useful, this two dimensional snapshot doesn’t show the full picture. To help reduce blind spots, a three dimensional scan may be taken, and a synthetic custom mold may be created. The simulation and modeling has eliminated much of the guesswork and ensuring a high probability of success.
Before the technology to create computerized three dimensional models became widely available many successful dental implants were placed. Today, implants are still routinely placed without simulations. Utilizing powerful software allows for a more predicable and consistent success. An implant will complete your smile and replace a missing tooth for many years to come. Rather than taking a shortcut on a long term investment, we recommend an extra step to ensure that your investment lasts, looks and works, great!