Galileos 3-D imaging
High-Tech Dental Imaging to Enhance Guiding of Implants
As part of your diagnostics and dental implant treatment planning, we'll use the latest in 3-D Cone Beam CT scan imaging. The 3D scan allows us to see cross-sectional and three-dimentional views of your jaw and existing teeth. With this type of imaging we can determine the width, length, and the thickness of your jawbone in the areas dental implants are needed. With this detailed information, we can determine with precision the dental implant placement, size, and type of implant, as well as any areas that may require additional bone support, such as bone grafting to ensure the best results for the placement of your dental implant. By treatment planning with this type of modern technology this will enable safe, predictable guided surgery and your visits to the dentist will be minimized and less invasive.
Before development of dental implants, fixed bridges and removable dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures (titanium) that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. The dental implant is anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge, and implants can also be used to attach to full arch dentures to make them more comfortable and stable to wear.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have good overall general health. This is why Dr. Evans will conduct a thorough, clinical examination and chair-side diagnostics. Dental impressions and bite registrations are taken at this time to help outline a treatment plan that is most likely to be successful for you and the placement of your implant(s).
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Most patients find that the implants have a more secure fit and feel more natural.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. This is what makes the implant so strong and holds the implant in place. Then the dental implant is ready to have the abutment placed on the implant to support the ceramic crown.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. You must spend time caring for the implant and making sure the area around it is very clean. This is all very important for the success of your implant because the dental implant helps to preserve the bone after teeth are lost or extracted.
Single Tooth Implant
The single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth's roots. A single tooth implant is a stand alone unit and does not involve treating the teeth next to it. A missing tooth can affect your bone health, causing bone tissue to diminish. When a tooth is removed, the biting force on the remaining teeth begins to change. If not replaced, the surrounding or opposing teeth can shift, it can effect how you chew, and in some cases depending on location can effect how you speak.
Multiple Dental Implants
Dental implants may be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The bridge is anchored to the dental implants and replaces the lost natural teeth. An implant-supported bridge does not require support from surrounding teeth. When teeth are missing the bone begins to deteriorate where natural teeth were. Bone loss can become significant, causing a change in the jaw line and facial appearance as well. Replacing multiple teeth with dental implants can give you new, unparalleled stregth and stability that allows you to eat what you want and will preserve your jawbone and facial apperance.
Full Arch Implant Supported Dentures
If you are missing all your teeth, an implant supported denture can replace the missing teeth as well as some of the tooth roots. Complete tooth loss causes the jaw to shrink and bone deteroiration that if severe can cause the facial structure to collapse. A major complaint given by patients that have an existing removable denture is that it rocks or moves while eating, or that their smile is not the same. Because the dental implants integrate with the jawbone and the permanent denture is screwed into the implants, the implant supported denture tends to be more comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.