You've lost a tooth, or perhaps several. Chewing is difficult and smiling, well it's too embarrassing. There is no question that the quality of your life has changed. Dental implants are the solution to renewing your smile, your chewing ability and quite frankly your quality of life.
ILUMA Ultra Cone-Beam CT Scanner
Our practice makes use of the Award-Winning ILUMA Ultra Cone-Beam CT Scanner for Optimum Results in Implant Placement. This machine takes a 3 dimensional picture of the jaw which allows us to know exactly where to position an implant.
- ILUMA Ultra Cone-Beam CT Scanner allows us to get a complete picture of the patient’s underlying bone and tissue when evaluating for dental implants.
- This state-of-the-art-technology shows a detailed, 3-dimensional cross section of the area being scanned offering the highest level of surgical predictability, resulting in successful surgical outcomes for patients.
- A quick and easy 20-second scan produces the most anatomically accurate 3-D images of the mouth, face, and jaw.
- Within minutes of the 3D scan, we are able to map an entire course of treatment from surgical placement of the implant and abutment, all the way to final restoration.
We can thus offer our patients an immediate virtual diagnosis and treatment plan-all in one visit.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The implant team usually includes either a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who surgically places the implant, and a prosthodontist or general dentist who designs and fits the replacement teeth or permanent bridge.
We insert implants and design and fit replacement teeth and do restorative work on faulty crowns all in one office.
- 1. At the first appointment, we use 3D Cone Beam Imaging to determine if the jaw bone is adequate to hold the titanium posts.
- 2. Within minutes of the 3D CT Scan, we are able to offer patients an immediate virtual diagnosis and treatment plan-all in one visit.
- 3. Treatment with dental implants requires meticulous planning for best results.
- 4. A surgical procedure is required (using local anesthetic and/or sedative) in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often using a surgical guide. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them to complete the process.
- 5. Immediately - at the same time an implant is placed (or after a period of healing), an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts” or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth.
- 6. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place and should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.