Technology is awesome! This is a new era in implant dentistry which involves the introduction of three-dimensional (3D) virtual evaluations using high-definition tomography scanning.
This technology is now used for 3D diagnosis and virtual treatment planning. Another advantage is designing 3D printed surgical guides for an extremely precise, fast, and successful dental implant placement.
The benefits of using this technology are enormous. We can fully examine the patient’s bony anatomy, bone density, measure the width and height of available bone, distances between multiple implants, and even pre-plan phase two of treatment.
Virtual Implant Planning Services
Full Mouth All-on-six
‘ALL ON SIX’ PROCEDURE
An all-on-six is the best way to restore an arch of missing teeth using six dental implants and a hybrid, custom made fixed denture. This type of treatment gives the patient strong, durable teeth again, meaning chewing steak, biting apples and enjoying a good belly aching laugh with friends is once again possible.
First Trip to Lima
On this trip, you’ll have the surgical part of treatment completed. This includes the removal of any remaining teeth, possible bone graft, tissue regeneration, plus implant placement. Typically, six dental implants are placed if all teeth are missing in an arch.
We have great techniques in modern dentistry which allows us to do this treatment during one session so that healing occurs at the same time without the need to go back later and perform additional surgery or take another course of medication.
Needless to say, treatment happens under sedation so that you are comfortable and totally relaxed.
Time in Lima? You need to stay for 7 – 10 days so that we can place your dental implants and monitor the initial stages of healing before discharging you.
Second Trip to Lima
You return for phase two of treatment when a minimum of three months have passed. This allows time for bone to integrate with the dental implant and become strong. Then, the magic happens and we begin to fabricate the teeth.
It’s a process similar to engineering, with lots of little parts involved and appointments most days of the week for tests and fittings. We also do bite alignment and many adjustments to make sure everything fits perfectly. Then, once the lab, doctors and you are satisfied with everything feeling and looking great, the final touch-ups, polishing and placement happen.
Time in Lima? You must stay for a minimum of three weeks to allow for this phase of treatment to be correctly completed.
We like to think that if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing it right! Like everything in life, the importance of planning cannot be overemphasized. This is why we use the latest in 3D CT scan imaging for implant planning.
During the planning phase, these high definition images in 3D are used to evaluate surrounding supporting tissue, any remaining teeth, bone level, bone density, nerve proximity, and also plan each implant placement. This includes:
- Type of dental implant
- Length of dental implant
- Width of dental implant
- Placement area of the implant
- The angle of implant placement
- And the final position of teeth which are placed later, on stage two.
During this planning phase with 3D imaging, we will know whether you need complimentary treatments or not. For implant surgeries, this may include any or all of the following:
- Bone graft
- Tissue regeneration
- Sinus lift
- 3D printed surgical guide
Single Tooth Digital Implants:
Digital Dental Implants in 2018
Now with digital implantology, we could easily see where it was going. More importantly, we could see how it would benefit our patients and our practice, adding 100% precision and predictability to every single procedure.
Digital implantology – it’s about digital, virtual implant planning, knowing exactly how and where the implant is to be placed and the real magic comes when you put everything together to minimize patient trauma and patient visits while still delivering a superb level of care and treatment.
John came to us seeking a second opinion after his regular dentist told him that he needs an extraction and bone grafting. Some months later, after that had time to heal, he’d go back for the next phase which was to place the implant which meant a second operation on the same area.
Even more months later, he’d go back yet again to get impressions taken, wait for lab work to be complete and on another appointment, get his final crown to finish treatment.
Total treatment time? About twelve months. Wow!
However, John wanted a different solution, a more conservative approach. This is when he decided to visit our clinic.
With a virtual implant image selected by the computer software thorugh 3D scanning, we show John the exact position, size and angle of the implant we are going to place, ensuring perfect implant placement planning.
Seeing this technology in action and being involved in his treatment planning from step one, John decides to move forward with treatment that same day and opts to be comfortable using our expert oral sedation option. Once ready, we remove the tooth and then place the implant as planned, adding bone graft material as needed.
After time is allowed for the implant to integrate with the jaw bone, John then came back for the final stage of his implant treatment.
We took a very fast, easy and non-invasive digital impression with our 3D CAD CAM scanner. A full ceramic crown (or E.Max or Zirconium) plus a zirconium abutment connection was custom designed and made, there and then, on just one short session followed by placement to complete treatment.
Total treatment time? Two appointments!!