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