Guided Dental Implants for Washington DC, Chevy Chase MD, and Bethesda MD

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants have long been recognized as the best choice for many patients. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, so they don’t slip in the mouth like dentures, and they never need to be replaced if cared for properly. Also, they don’t require grinding down of surrounding teeth like bridges, making implants the best choice for your overall dental health. In recent years, a cutting-edge technology has emerged that has revolutionized the implant process: guided dental implants.

How do guided dental implants work?

Guided dental implants are all about using technology to enable thorough planning, which improves the implants’ chances of success. First, Implant Dentist Dr. Karl A. Rose takes a three-dimensional digital image of your mouth, which he can use to evaluate the size and shape of your jawbone, the thickness of your gums, and the position of your remaining teeth, and to judge the health of your bone and gums. He then uses special software to precisely position the implant in the digital model. This 3D image lets an implant dentist view all parts of the jaw in great detail, which can make it possible to place an implant where the bone structure would not otherwise allow it.

The implant placement plan is then sent to a lab, where they use the digital plan to create a physical guide. During surgery, this guide is actually placed in your mouth. This way, Dr. Rose can replicate exactly the steps he took successfully during the virtual surgery. Often, any needed crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures can be placed in the same procedure.

For the best results in the shortest time, Dr. Rose will plan your implant surgery using sophisticated digital imaging processes.

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Benefits of Guided Dental Implants

Guided dental implant surgery offers many advantages over traditional dental implant surgery, such as the following:

  • Implant placement is safer and more precise. The guided implant process eliminates all the guesswork from determining the part of the jawbone that will best support an implant because the structure can be viewed in great detail both before and during surgery.
  • Preparatory surgeries are often unnecessary. Since the 3D image allows Dr. Rose to see the exact structure and shape of the jaw, he can see where implants can be successfully placed in the existing jaw. This can eliminate the need for bone grafting or periodontal surgeries—and cut down on the total amount of time you have to wait for your perfect smile.
  • Guided implants minimize the time spent in surgery. Because Dr. Rose has already completed the surgery virtually and has a detailed model of the jaw to guide him, the procedure can be completed quickly and you spend much less time in the dentist’s chair.
  • Restorations can be placed immediately. With guided dental implants, the permanent restoration—the tooth-like crown that covers the titanium post and gives you a natural-looking smile—can be created before the surgery and often placed the very day of your surgery.
  • Increased chance of success. When there’s less guessing involved, there are fewer unexpected complications during surgery.

If dental implants feel right for you—and you don’t feel like waiting months to get them—you’re in luck. Dr. Karl A. Rose has decades of experience placing dental implants, and he is happy to help. Schedule an appointment consultation with us today.