How Does it Work?
New 3D digital x-ray technology allows us to provide quick, comfortable and effective dental imagine for precise implant diagnostics and review.
Starting Place — Our dentists takes records of your existing condition, whether you still have teeth or are wearing a denture, to determine various factors. These include how long the teeth should be, where the bite should be and how much lip and facial structure support is needed.
Diagnostics — CT scans produce 3-D pictures of the jawbone, including the position of the teeth to be replaced. These scans provide critical information about a person’s anatomical structures and the ideal location for the implants.
Planning — Using computer simulation, the implants are digitally positioned in the jawbones in appropriate locations to optimally support the replacement teeth. This also allows for the fabrication of a surgical template if needed.
Precision Surgery — Surgery can be done simultaneously including tooth extractions, bone shaping, and implant placement. Skill, experience and meticulous planning are needed, particularly if the person has had significant bone loss.
Temporary Teeth — Temporary acrylic replacement teeth are attached directly to the implants via abutments — connectors that allow solid attachment to the implants. These teeth are considered temporary and are needed to facilitate initial healing; they will later be removed and replaced with permanent ones.
Healing — The temporary teeth stay in the mouth approximately 3 months until healing is completed. During the first 6-8 weeks of healing, it’s a good idea avoid chewy or tough foods. Because implant surgery is very precise and well-planned, people generally have little post-operative discomfort and begin functioning with their new temporary teeth almost immediately.
Permanent Teeth — When the process of osseo-integration is completed, the dentist removes the temporary teeth replacing them with the permanent ones. They are generally made of stronger, more durable materials and fit the healed gum tissues more precisely. The new permanent teeth will function just like natural teeth and look beautiful, too!