Our practice has been placing dental implants for over 25 years. Over the years, there have been many changes which have improved the implant process from the evolution in the design of the implant to the methods we use to restore the implants. And with each step forward, the procedure of dental implant placement and restoration has become better, faster and stronger (apologies to Steve Austin aka the Six Million Dollar man). As a practice, we have definitely benefited from the improvements in design and technology through the years.
As discussed on this blog before, implants process of placing implants is quite straightforward. It begins by profoundly numbing our patients, carefully separating the gum tissue away from the jaw bone, placing progressively larger drills slowly into the jaw bone then finally torquing a titanium screw into the sites prepared by the drills. While the procedure was relatively straightforward, it involved cutting with a scalpel and sewing the site back up with stitches.
In the last 2 years, there have been 2 advancements which we have adopted, that have completely changed the way we approach doing dental implants. The first advancement was the improvement and cost reduction of a diagnostic tool called Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This device enables us to quickly and accurately see images of the jaw in 3 dimensions and in “slices”. We are now able to plan the entire implant case on our computer workstation. Instead of relying on visualizing anatomic obstacles and limitations at the time of surgery, we can visualize them at the time of planning. Placements of our implants are done accurately and predictably for every patient. We can even show you what your tooth will look like after the implant is placed before we even place it!
The second huge advancement is the ability for us to fabricate a surgical guide. A surgical guide is fabricated with a special milling machine (located in Belgium!) and uses all the information we have generated from our implant planning software. We now can accurately duplicate the depth, angulation, and width of the implant that we have planned on the computer.
What does this mean for our patient? It means that we are able to complete our surgery in less time with fewer complications. Our actual surgical time for a single implant placement is 10 minutes. Most of the time, no scalpel or stitches are required. Our patients are very comfortable doing this under local anesthesia although nitrous oxide and twilight sleep is available for those whom are a little anxious. The healing process is very fast as well and we are able to achieve integration of the implant into the bone in about 6-10 weeks.
Simply put, we are able to place implants more accurately and predictably than anyone in the world. That is a big statement, but we are able to do so because our amazing technological advancements. And you will be surprised that your cost will be less than most places that don’t have the CBCT and surgical guide technology.
If you or someone you know may be interested in getting a tooth replaced by a dental implant, have them come by for a free implant consultation from your Valencia Dentist at Go Dental We’ll be happy to explain all their options. And as always, no pressure or up-selling.