What is Computer Guided Dental Implant Placement?
If you’re considering dental implant treatment, having digitally mapped surgery could be a more predictable and comfortable option to restore your smile. At Modern Dental in Richardson, 3D implant therapy is our standard of care.
Understanding Dental Implants
A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root, which supports a fixed prosthesis (dental crown, bridge, or denture) on top of it. When we place the implant into the jaw, it essentially mimics the form and function of your previously present natural tooth. Even new bone forms around it, fusing it permanently into its location.
Implants are often the preferred method of replacing missing teeth, as they stand independently and do not require altering any healthy tooth structure. Additionally, dental implants tend to function much longer than other types of treatment, usually lasting for the life of the patient.
CBCT Technology Provides a 3D View
Conventional dental implant procedures have always been provided using line of sight, combined with two-dimensional dental X-rays. However, Modern Dental of Richardson has invested in state of the art CBCT imaging equipment, which allows us to capture three-dimensional scans of your oral anatomy, rather than rely on 2D X-rays.
The CBCT machine itself is similar to the “panoramic” X-ray equipment that you may have had taken in the past. As the low-radiation digital scanner encircles your mouth, it measures the density of thousands of anatomical features, storing it in your digital chart to recreate a virtual “model” of your smile within our treatment software.
Digitally Mapped Implant Installation
Once a 3D model of your anatomy is captured, we can create a computerized guide that shows the very best placement for your new dental implants. During the planning process, we can make changes or adjust the location and angle of the proposed implant, maximizing its stability within your existing bone structure.
This process may sound like a bit much, but it provides us with significant advantages over traditional surgical placements. With a computerized implant guide, you can expect:
- A more efficient procedure and shorter appointment
- Faster recovering and healing
- Reduced discomfort
- A lessened need for additional sinus surgeries or bone grafts
- More options for individuals who were previously not considered candidates for implant treatment
No insurance? At Modern Dental in Richardson, you can save 15% off all implant treatments by joining our Simplicity Plan. Contact us today to schedule a no-fuss consultation to find out if 3D guided dental implants are an option for you!