GUIDED Dental Implants
What are Guided Dental Implants?
Using the latest in dental technology, our implants are guided using a 3D Cone Beam image for placement. This allows our doctors to utilize the greatest amount of available bone for a successful implant. The “guided” part of the implant procedure is created by utilizing your 3D scan as shown below. Our highly trained doctors are able to digitally create your implant placement and then send that data to the lab, who crafts an actual plastic guide that is placed over your teeth guiding the exact placement as determined by your doctor from the scan. The technology for our guided implants is the very best available to dentists today, and we pride ourselves on always advancing with the latest in dental technology.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
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Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. Our team will take a 3D cone beam image for our doctors to evaluate. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by our doctors.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, our team will design the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our dentist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Our doctors and team then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes 3-4 months time.