The digital dental implants procedure is a tremendous advance in the way we design and place dental implants. It uses digital imaging and computer technology to streamline and improve the dental implant procedure. First, detailed imaging is used to perform a comprehensive diagnosis. Then computers are used to plan the procedure. Mock surgery is used to optimize the procedure and produce surgical guides. This allows for a quick, no incision dental implant surgery. Finally, a normal follow-up procedure watches for complications and helps ensure implant success.
This is a general description of how the digital dental implant procedure is performed. If you are considering dental implants in Sydney and want to learn how the procedure will work for you, please call (02) 9686 7375 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills.
A Comprehensive Exam
Precise diagnosis is the first step to successful treatment. In our digital dental implant procedure, we utilize the best technologies during your exam to be able to develop an optimal diagnosis.
We start with a traditional dental exam that lets us make sure you are in good oral health. We want to make sure your mouth will be a good environment for dental implants.
Next, we’ll take a panoramic x-ray. A panoramic x-ray gives us a good view of your gums, bones, and teeth. This helps us make sure that you have healthy gums and teeth. Then we’ll perform a 3D scan of your teeth. This allows us to construct the 3D model of your teeth that we’ll use to plan the fit and occlusion of your restorations.
Finally, we’ll take a CT scan of your jaws. A CT scan is a series of x-rays that constructs a 3D model of your bone structure. It helps us chart the precise density of your bone so we can make sure that there’s adequate support for your implants. It also allows us to chart the location of nerves in the jaw so we can avoid surgical complications.
This is your first visit.
Planning Your Procedure
Once we have performed your exam, we will look at the data and start planning your procedure. We will identify the placement for your dental implant.
Once we’ve come up with a rough plan for your dental implant procedure, we will use mock surgery to optimize the surgical plan. This allows us to optimize both the placement of the implant root and the restorative crown together. That way we ensure both maximum bone support and optimal occlusion for your implants.
It also allows us to streamline the procedure through the production of a surgical guide that will ensure quick and easy placement of the dental implants. We’ll also produce the temporary implants for your procedure. This is all done without a need for you to be in the office. We will get everything ready in the time between your first and second visit.
Your Implant Surgery
Once we have planned and optimized your surgery, you will come in for your second visit. During your surgery we will use the surgical guide to precisely and quickly place your implants. The procedure can be completed in just fifteen minutes in some cases. Traditional implant procedures take upwards of 130 minutes to complete. If an extraction or bone graft is necessary, the procedure may take longer for either procedure.
And because we’ve already designed and manufactured your temporary restorations, we can place them right away. The goal is that you leave our office with a smile that’s whole again.
This is your second visit.
Healing and Follow-up Visits
As your implants heal, we recommend regular checkups to verify that your implants are healing properly. Because these are checkups and not part of the actual procedure–and the same as with traditional implants–we don’t count them as part of your implant procedure. But they’re necessary to ensure the success and health of your dental implant. Follow-up will occur twice in the first week, then after one month, three months, six months, and a year to see how your implants are healing.
Placement of Your Final Restoration
When we see that your dental implant is fully bonded to the bone, typically at three months, but sometimes at six months, we will plan to place your final restoration. This restoration will look even more attractive and will be stronger than your temporary restoration. While you can mostly chew normally with your temporary restoration, your final restoration will have truly full function. It will also be designed to last–some implant restorations last 30 years or more with occasional adjustments and repair.
This is your third and final visit. Now you’ve got your full, beautiful smile.
Is It Time to Schedule Your Digital Dental Implant Procedure?
If you’ve been considering dental implants, but didn’t like the invasive, cumbersome procedure, the digital dental implant procedure might be just what you’ve been waiting for. To schedule your procedure, please call (02) 9686 7375 today for an appointment with a Sydney implant dentist at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills, NSW.