Computer Guided Dental Implants
Technology changes everything!!
The future of Dental Implants is here!
Advanced techniques & technology have created the process called Computer-Guided Dental Implants.
How does this benefit you?
Compared to Conventional dental implant methods, Computer-Guided dental implants:
- are more precise
- are less invasive
- are quicker
- usually require no stitches
- less pain / discomfort
- little or no bleeding
- little or no swelling
… and they allow us to place implants into areas of bone where it would otherwise be difficult or impossible.
When discussing dental implant placement methods, there are three types that you need to be aware of – Conventional Implant Placement, Computer Guided Implant Placement and Immediate Placement.
You should be aware of the differences & benefits of each of these methods and how they each might play a role in your ideal dental implant solution. These solutions are all available here, and are utilized when necessary to provide you with the best option for your needs and individual situation.
COMPUTER GUIDED DENTAL IMPLANTS
The availability of newer technology and development of newer techniques have given rise to the Computer Guided Dental Implant Placement process.
This process is based on a 3D CBCT (3-Dimensional Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scan which allows us to examine the available bone from multiple angles and gives us a very accurate view of the existing bone and adjacent anatomical structures. This digital data is utilized in planning software that allows us to virtually place the proposed Dental Implant precisely into the available bone. This virtual plan is then used to create a customized Surgical Guide for Dental Implant placement which allows for very accurate placement of the implants into the bone at the time of surgical placement of the Dental Implant (Implant Surgery). Because there is no need to visualize the bone, the gums do not have to be cut and “peeled back” to expose the bone, and is therefore described as minimally invasive dental implant surgery.
Computer Guided implant placement methods can be utilized for Single Implant placement as well as Multiple Implant placements, including full arch All-on-4 and All-on-6 type cases.
This method also allows for your implant, abutment and final crown to be planned together, and it may even be possible to have them all completed in a single session! These are also known as “teeth-in-a-day” procedures.
At Dentistry at Vitality Health, we have patients who have had multiple dental implants placed using computer-guided surgery, and have gone right back to work or even playing a round of golf! (Note: we do not recommend this: we do recommend that our patients take a break from heavy activities after surgery).
CONVENTIONAL DENTAL IMPLANTS
Conventional Dental Implants are typically placed into areas where the natural teeth have been lost more than nine months previously. Nine months is required for the bone to fully heal. In this method of Dental Implant Placement (surgery), the gums are cut and then peeled off the underlying bone and the dentist uses his experience and judgement to place the implant by using measurements or “by eye” into the bone. This is the traditional/original method for placing implants.
Cutting the gum and exposing the bone also:
- Causes pain and discomfort
- Causes greater risk of secondary infection
- Increases the risk of bleeding or bruising
- Necessitates the use of sutures (stitches)
IMMEDIATE DENTAL IMPLANTS
Under certain circumstances, it may be advantageous to place an immediate dental implant. The term “Immediate Dental Implant” means that the Dental Implant is placed “immediately” (at the same appointment) when the defective tooth is removed. The space created by removing the root of the original tooth is modified to accommodate the titanium implant, and the implant is then placed “immediately” upon removal of the defective root.
The benefits of doing this are that we can:
- Maintain the architecture of the surrounding gums and bone (gums and bone start shrinking after a tooth is removed)
- Leave with a tooth (usually a temporary crown) in place the same day! – More important in aesthetic areas (as in the case of upper front teeth especially)
- Have fewer visits necessary
Immediate Computer Guided Dental Implants are also possible.