Computer Guided Dental Implant Surgery
If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium and creates a strong foundation. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure and prevents the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
How does Computer Guided Dental Implant Surgery Work?
Dr. Yamaoka uses computer guided technology to evaluate the bone and virtually plan the exact location of where to place the implant. Our unique computer guided surgery technique provides our patients with individual treatment solutions that are custom-made and computer guided technology allows us to treatment plan your dental therapy with the greatest accuracy.
1. Health and Dental Exam
If you feel that implant dentistry is the choice for you, we would first see you for a comprehensive dental examination and review of your health and dental history. During your consultation visit, Dr. Yamaoka will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work very closely with you to help make your procedure a success.
2. Digital CAD/CAM intra oral impression scan and CT Scan
A digital intra-oral impression is taken and designed to fabricate a custom surgical guide to allow for ideal implant placement.
Digital scan of an edentulous ridge and virtual tooth replacement design
A 3 dimensional x-ray of your jaw is taken to guide Dr. Yamaoka in planning your procedure. We are fortunate to have an in office intra-oral digital impression scanner and 3D scanner to provide the best information available to assess whether you are a candidate for dental implant restoration of missing teeth.
3. Treatment Plan
During the planning process, the placement of the implant can be determined with the surgical plan developed virtually.
4. Surgical Guide Fabrication
A custom guided surgical template based on the virtual surgical plan assists Dr. Yamaoka in placing your implants with precision for optimal results.
5. Computer Guided Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
If adequate bone and gum tissue are present, the computer-guided implant surgery does not require reflecting the gum tissue and a small tissue punch is used. For these patients, there is minimal post operative discomfort and they can often resume their normal activities the next day.
Radiographs of implants at time of surgery
6. Placement of Final Teeth
Implants require healing time before being restored with a crown. Healing times will vary depending on the surgery and if bone or tissue grafting is required. Dr. Yamaoka will direct you back to your general dentist at the appropriate time for the restoration.
Upper lateral incisors replaced with dental implants
Please remember that regular long term maintenance is the key to successful implant restorations that will look and function at their best for a lifetime. Repair and maintenance is expected over the lifetime of your restoration due to normal usage.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth and each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon the type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) that is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.