Implant Placement & Restoration in West Seneca, NY
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Dental implants can restore a smile to its original shape and improve overall oral health.
Minor surgery is always required in the installation of a dental implant, as the device must be fused with a jawbone in order to remain firmly anchored. X-rays and similar scans are an asset to dentists and oral surgeons, who become able to see the otherwise invisible through a simple burst of energy and can thus better prepare for surgery. Every patient’s mouth is different, and a dental health care professional must know in advance the durability and structure of the area on which he or she will operate.
X-ray images have one key limitation, however: they are fixed, two-dimensional photographs. There is a physical gap between a flat, static image on a screen and the actual patient’s mouth, which has features that may not be accurately conveyed in an X-ray image. Recent advances in technology can now transform the results of these exams into a three-dimensional model for near-immediate viewing on a monitor, allowing a dentist and a patient alike to have access to a comprehensive view of the patient’s teeth, gums, and bony tissue. The dentist can more easily visualize the space in which the implant will be placed, inspecting the area for any limiting factors. Issues with the gums, the thickness of the jawbone, and the structural integrity of the teeth on either side of the implant are all readily visible in this three-dimensional rendering.
Unlike classic and digital X-rays, which are taken by beaming X-radiation at a patient’s face from various angles and capturing images on a photosensitive plate, computer-guided implant surgery technology relies on a series of computed tomography (CT) scans collect data about the structure of the mouth. From this data, a computer generates a three-dimensional rendering that can be rotated, resized, recolored, and manipulated to inform the dentist of the ideal method for installing a dental implant. The dentist will be able to view the thickness of the patient’s jawbone and the placement of the neighboring teeth’s roots from every angle, spelling out the best angle and necessary depth at which implantation must occur. The patient can also benefit from this rendering, as seeing a representation of her or his mouth and the intended results of the procedure can help to alleviate any concerns that the patient may have.
The technology implemented in computer-guided implant surgery is advantageous to the design of the dental implants themselves, as a thorough scan of a patient’s mouth prior to the surgery is critical in determining the length of the implant and the shape of the crown that will eventually rest atop the implant. Computer-guided imaging is effective in preparations for all kinds of dental implantation, but it is most conducive to preparing for more complicated operations, such as when multiple implants must be installed or the space for the implant is unusually narrow. As such, this technology is a vital resource for both dentists seeking additional assistance and patients in need of operations to revitalize their smiles.