Patients who have tooth problems or tooth loss due to trauma, poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, disease (such as gum disease or conditions such as enamel hypoplasia), or other issues can restore their smile through dental implants.
In the implant process, an artificial tooth root is placed in your jawbone to form a strong, permanent foundation for replacement teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options such as dentures, bridges, or crowns, implants replace both the tooth and the root. This is important because an embedded implant allows for structural “osseointegration” (where the tooth implant fuses with the jaw bone), providing strength, stability, resilience, and bone retention. This results in a permanent solution that looks and feels like natural teeth. You never have to remove them and you can brush, floss, eat, and drink as you would with normal teeth.
Implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, as they are stronger and more durable than bridges and dentures. When surgically implemented properly and with proper ongoing care/oral hygiene, they can last a lifetime.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are ideal whether you’re missing only one tooth, need several teeth in a row, or require full replacement. Single dental implants are implemented when you have just one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth that are not adjacent to each other. Each would be individually and carefully implanted with an individual post. If you’re missing multiple teeth or need full mouth replacement, multi-unit dental implants several posts may be installed to support a bridge or full arch to which multiple teeth can be attached.
Both the single- and multiple implant methods promote bone retention and resorption-fighting benefits.
Pre-op Scanning and Computer-Guided Surgery
In our assessment as to whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants and to prepare for a possible surgery, our oral surgeons will use 3D CT scans to gain an accurate diagnostic of your oral anatomy and condition of the targeted implant location. We’ll assess bone quality, detect any possible underlying pathology, and identify internal anatomy and conditions, as well as take all necessary measurements.
State-of-the-art imaging technology will produce a 3D recreation of the entire mouth and jaws. This allows us to conduct a “virtual surgery” in which models of the patient’s mouth and the 3D scans enable our surgeons to go through a simulated procedure. The information provides a computer-generated surgical guide to assist in the precise placement of the implants. This imaging process enables us to be ultra-precise in the implant placement and eliminates any guesswork during the surgery/treatment.
Additionally, it allows us to be as minimally invasive as possible – which is especially important in cases where the margin of error is small. A guided approach enables the oral surgeons to be aware of exact locations of vital structures, including tooth roots, bone, nerves, and sinuses.
In instances where a patient is missing all teeth and requires a full arch, a computer-generated guide helps surgeons understand where the planned restorative position will be, which can be difficult when no other tooth landmarks are present to help with orientation.
Aside from helping surgeons to deliver optimal aesthetics, computer-guided surgeries often result in patients experiencing less pain/discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery thanks to typically smaller incisions. This also affords a speedier healing process.
If you’re looking to regain your smile and want to know if dental implants are a possibility for you, please contact Corson Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and learn more. We’ll employ our technology and decades of expertise, to provide you with the solution that is right for you.