3D Guided Implant Surgery
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is surgically implanted to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth depending on the patient’s needs. A typical dental implant is made up of 3 parts:
- A post
- An abutment
- A crown
The post acts like your tooth’s natural root and is integrated into your jaw. The abutment, sometimes referred to as the connector, is what attaches the post to the crown. The crown is the part of the implant that is designed to look like a natural tooth and the only part of the implant that will be visible once the surgery is complete.
3D Guided surgery means that we can control the insertion of an implant completely in a 3-dimensional field. Each case is expertly designed using customized software to select the ideal implant size, shape and positioned virtually to create the best possible outcome.
The data from a volumetric scan and intraoral impressions allows us to fabricate a 3D printed guide to use a surgical template to place the implant. During the surgical procedure the dental implant insertion can me managed with a high degree of accuracy.
Benefits of 3D guided surgery:
- Precise implant placement
- Decreased trauma to surrounding tissues
- Faster healing time
- Lower risk
- Less surgical time
Ultimately it means less swelling, less bruising and less pain. There is no need for extended surgical incisions to visualize the surgical field. We can also avoid anatomical structures which might compromise implant stability.
In very complex cases where patients have compromised amounts of bone the use of a 3D scan could preclude the need for additional bone augmentation because of our ability to plan and execute the implant placement.
How long does planning take?
Initially after a CT consultation and some impressions of the teeth we can have the case ready in a 2-3 week window. The CT is electronically uploaded to software which is overlayed with the impression data to give us a custom tomograph of your teeth and mouth.