Computer Guided Dental Implants
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. Surgically placed below the gum, implants integrate to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. They can be used to replace any tooth including molars!
Implants offer stability because they integrate to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Kingsbury will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The Computer Guided Difference
How are “Computer Guided Implants” different than traditional therapy? Using CEREC CAD/CAM and 3D XG technology, Dr. Kingsbury can precisely place the implant in the ideal location using a surgical guide. This guide eliminates the need to cut a flap in the gum to expose the bone underneath, which in turn eliminates the need for sutures, making it much more comfortable for the patient. In addition, using the surgical guide allows Dr. Kingsbury to place the implant in just the right position, avoiding contact with nerves and sinuses.
What to Expect
First, we scan the area of the missing tooth with CEREC to create your “virtual” crown in just the right shape and dimension. Next, we take a digital 3D scan of the area. Dr. Kingsbury reviews it thoroughly, documenting location of nerves and sinuses and taking detailed measurements. Adjunctive Oral Surgery may be necessary in certain situations, such as if you have lost bone or need to reposition sinus linings in the area of the missing tooth.
Then, Dr. Kingsbury places your implant “virtually” at just the right depth and angle. This allows him to be precise in the location of the implant in proximity to your other teeth, thus avoiding nerves and sinuses. This data then integrates with our CEREC CAD/CAM system, where he virtually places the crown on the implant, assuring the best shape and size to fit your bite and your smile.
Once the virtual components are all in place, he uses the data to mill a surgical guide (usually right here in our office). Dr. Kingsbury then uses this surgical guide while placing your implant. The guide directs him to a pre-planned depth and angle of your implant, assuring the most accurate placement.
Faster Surgery. Easier Recovery.
No more freehand approach and no more gum flaps! Most implant surgeons approximate the location of the implant. They cut a large flap in the gum to expose the jaw bone underneath, then must add several sutures once the implant is placed. This adds to the healing time and discomfort for the patient.
The “Guided Implant” system allows Dr. Kingsbury to simply punch a very small hole in the gum to place the implant. No sutures needed! Using the guide takes the guess-work out of the equation, assuring the best possible position, for the best possible outcome.
- Ideal placement for the best possible outcome
- No gum flap
- No sutures
- No return visit to remove the sutures
- Less discomfort
It just makes sense to go guided! Be sure to ask about our implant denture stabilization. After healing, you will return for the crown and abutment. However, sometimes we’re able to place the crown at the same time as the implant. If this is not suitable for your tooth, we’ll suggest an alternative to fill in the gap until the permanent crown may be placed. It’s important not to rush into placing the final restoration to assure longevity of the implant. Waiting for the implant to properly and completely integrate to your jaw bone is critical and can take about 3 months of healing time.