Latest Update – 4 years Later
The sophistication level of computer guided dental implants continues to improve. The software is more accurate and the treatment planning for dental implants is more user friendly. The patient has the advantage of knowing that their dental implant treatment is now even more predictable and with a better chance of success.
The dental implants are also improving with better attachment systems and improve jaw bone compatibility. Renetta has had her dental implants nearly 4 years and the attachment system between the dental implants and her teeth has worked flawlessly.
Aug 31, 2010
Precision Dental Implants
The goal of computer guided dental implants is to improve the success rate and make dental implant treatments less complicated. So far, the progress has been excellent.
Implant Dentistry represents the best choice procedure for the replacement of teeth that can provide the best assurance of optimal dental function and cosmetic result.
Implants can be used for single teeth or multiple teeth. Specialized implant devices are also used for providing anchoring systems for bridgework, when a patient’s existing tooth structures are not suitable as anchors.
Specialized hybrid implants have been recently developed for stabilizing dentures where the use of a normal implant is not feasible. These have become known as Mini Dental Implants.
Jaw Bone Density – Critical Implant Issue
Some patients seeking implant surgery have jaw bone densities that can complicate the placement and use of certain types of implant devices.
Bone tissue can deteriorate for a number of reasons, the most popular being due to a missing tooth (older, existing extraction) or the lack of an opposing tooth structure. Opposing teeth serve to stimulate the immediate bone tissue that tooth structures are rooted in.
Other issues including congenital malformations (missing teeth), a variety of diseases, oral infections, unusual occlusal relationships and physical trauma can form the basis of compromised or weakened jaw bone structures, both mandibular and maxillary (lower and upper jaws, respectively).
Bioengineering – CAD CAM Technologies in Reconstructive Dentistry
Materialize (SimPlant) and Nobel Biocare (NobelGuide) have developed complex technologies for overcoming a large number of bone density issues. CT Scan based images are capable of determining the integrity status of jawbone material with scientific accuracy. These images, when coupled with proprietary software developed by these two different firms, are used to develop specialized technologies for locating the best and most viable surgery sites for each type and placement of an implant.
SimPlant Guided Surgery Implant Solutions
In our office, Dr. Muslin uses Simplant technologies for achieving treatment success for a variety of implant problems. Bone density or inadequate bone structure issues no longer present problems as they had in the past, for some patients.
Patients who have been told they were not candidates for implants discover, in some cases, that implants are indeed possible… with specialized accurate placement. In other treatment plans, specialized implant systems can be devised that incorporate the best advantages of existing bone structures that are used to create a variety of methods for replacing teeth.
Site Preparation – Implant Accuracy
Viable implant sites, with the aid of computer generated guides, offer the precision for accurate implant site preparation that cannot be matched by “free hand drilling” (no guide or template is used) that some doctors perform. Correct bore, depth and selection of the “correct” implant is thereby assured.
Implant Guide Types
Our patients have three (3) options for guided implant technology for single and multiple tooth structures. The first, is a guide that slips directly over mucosa tissue.
A mucosa supported SurgiGuide is a custom manufactured drill guide made for a unique and stable fit on the soft tissue of the patients jaw. A popular technology based on its qualities of requiring minimally invasive surgery
This type of SurgiGuide can be used for patients with edentulous jaws (toothless, perhaps desiring a specialized denture).
Another type of SurgiGuide is designed for placement directly on the bone structure. During surgery, a ridge incision is made and mucoperiosteal flaps are raised to free the bone surface. This type of guide is suited for edentulous and partially edentulous patients.
The third type of SurgiGuide is designed for more specialized implant applications that incorporate more unique implant systems such as the Zygoma implant. Extraordinary use of this implant guided technology is typically used for patients with severe or unusual bone loss issues. Contact Dr. Muslin for more details.
Not sure if you are a candidate for computer guided implant technology? Please call us today at (310) 829-6796 or use our convenient on-line Consultation Request form.