For most of history, good work took time. A craftsman had to labour over an object for hours, days, even months to create a high-quality piece. People largely maintain these associations today, despite all the changes in technology and manufacturing.
So we understand perfectly that you might be skeptical about our claim that the digital dental implants process doesn’t just let us work faster, it helps us work more accurately to achieve quality results with dental implants. Just bear with us, and we’ll explain how we achieve the benefits of this process.
The digital dental implant process lets us perform all steps of the process right here. In the past, dental implants often involved lots of people doing different parts of the process.
You would consult with one dentist, who refers you to an implant surgeon. You had to make another appointment to get a consultation or, if you’re lucky, a surgical appointment. This takes days or weeks. Meanwhile, impressions get sent to the lab, and restorations for your teeth may or may not be ready in time for your surgery, which makes it hard get replacement teeth the day of your surgery.
And each time we introduce a new person, there is a risk of miscommunication. We have procedures in place to reduce this risk, but it’s always there.
However, with the digital dental implant process, we can usually perform the entire procedure at our office. During your consultation, we can not only talk to you about your goals for implants, but take scans of your teeth and jawbone. We can use these scans to construct a 3D model of your jawbone and create a precise surgical guide that allows for accurate dental implant placement. There’s no risk of miscommunication, and the digital process not only speeds the process, but protects accuracy.
Digital processes are not only fast, but they can be more accurate than old-fashioned manual approaches. Manual impression materials not only take time to prepare, use, and ship. They can be notoriously finicky, too. It takes an experienced and skilled hand to make good impressions with physical materials. And even then there can be inaccuracies caused by voids, air bubbles, and distortion of the material in application or removal from the mouth.
Digital impressions are all precisely mapped to each other. The scanners orient themselves properly and correct to ensure that irregularities of motion or technique don’t cause inaccuracies.
This means that digital impressions aren’t just faster, they are less sensitive to irregularities in technique or if you have to take a break for a moment.
Start with a Plan
Another benefit of the digital dental implant process is that, once we have the scans, we can work with them rather than with your mouth. That way, we can do much of the planning without taking up your time in a process called mock surgery. And when it’s time for surgery, we already have a plan. All we have to do is execute that plan, which is simpler and faster than in the past.
In the past, an initial dental implant surgery was at least partly exploratory. Dentists didn’t know what to expect when they looked at your bone. But now we have highly detailed three-dimensional scans to tell us what to expect, and the procedure can go forward confidently.
Digital Dental Implants Can Improve Your Implant Procedure
If you are considering dental implants in the Sydney area, don’t accept limitations of traditional procedures just because that’s the way it used to be. Learn how new technology and techniques can give you quality results, faster, than traditional approaches.