What is Guided Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery in Ajax is an increasingly popular way to replace one or more missing teeth. The treatment has been around for several decades, benefiting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and providing them with teeth that feel stable and strong and look good.

Over time, the techniques used to plan and place dental implants have continually improved. Initially, dental implants were placed freehand, a process that carried a risk of the implant being inserted in slightly the wrong position, even in the hands of an experienced dental implant dentist in Whitby. Now, computer-guided implant surgery ensures dental implants are placed with a high degree of control and precision every time.

What Are the Advantages of Guided Implant Surgery?

Guided implant surgery uses computer technology to plan and place dental implants accurately. The process provides dental implant dentists in Pickering with a high degree of accuracy, and any guesswork is eliminated. It provides patients with more reliable treatment outcomes and greatly reduces the risk of unexpected complications that can occur when an implant is not placed properly. When a dental implant isn’t situated in quite the right position, it is at risk of being too close to a nerve and causing temporary numbness or more permanent complications. Another problem is fabricating the final restoration, as an improperly situated dental implant may require a compromise on aesthetics or function.

Because computer-guided treatment is planned in advance of surgery, the actual process is quicker, smoother and more comfortable for patients. Afterwards, side effects like discomfort and swelling are minimized because only the smallest incisions are needed to place the implants accurately using minimally invasive techniques. Using computer technology also allows our dental implant dentists to provide a service called “teeth in a day,” where temporary teeth are created before the surgery and can be fitted onto the dental implants soon afterwards on the same day.

What Is Involved with Computer-Guided Implant Surgery?

The process for computer-guided implant surgery is very straightforward and begins with an initial consultation with our experienced implant dentist in Oshawa. We will need to examine your mouth and any existing teeth and discuss your aims and desires for treatment. The next stage is to plan your digital treatment, where we will need to take a cone beam CT scan of your jaws, a digital impression and digital dental x-rays. The cone beam scan provides a 3-D image of your jaws, and a digital dental impression replaces an ordinary tray impression, creating a 3-D model of your mouth that is extremely accurate. All the information is used to determine where to situate each implant and design your final crown, bridge or denture. Preplanning ensures you get the smile you desire and which is fully functional.

Once our implant team is happy with your treatment plan, we create a 3-D printed surgical guide. The guide fits over your gums during surgery, guiding our implant dentist in Clarington and ensuring each implant is situated in exactly the right position, depth and angulation, leaving nothing to chance.

After the surgery is complete, we will soon be able to fit your temporary teeth if you are suitable for “teeth in a day.” Otherwise, we can always provide temporary teeth that you can use during healing so you can rest assured you will be able to smile, talk and eat comfortably during this phase of treatment. Once healing is complete, where your implants have become fused into your jawbone during Osseointegration, you return to Durham Dental Solutions, so we can make your permanent teeth, completing your dental implant treatment in Courtice.

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