The Benefits of Computer Guided Implant Surgery

Whether you’re considering getting a dental implant or already have the appointment in the books, you should know that the latest technology can make a huge difference in the outcome of your procedure.

Computer-guided implant surgery has revolutionized the dental implant procedure, an increasingly popular solution for missing teeth. In fact, studies show that almost 6% of people missing teeth opted for dental implants in 2016, up from less than 1% in 2000. Experts predict a steady increase of about 500,000 people every year. 

Yet, while more and more people are replacing lost or extracted teeth with implants, many oral surgeons still rely on old X-ray technology to view the structure in your mouth and inform their procedure.

To take advantage of the latest technology and all its benefits, you need to do your homework. We believe your search will bring you here to Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands, where our team has mastered the art and science of computer-guided implant surgery.

Understanding dental implants

When you have a missing tooth (or teeth), it’s not just a cosmetic problem. It actually causes problems with your oral health, as well. 

Neighboring teeth shift into the empty space and become misaligned, which changes the way you chew, causing your upper and lower teeth to hit at a bad angle and leading to a crack or fracture.

A missing tooth even affects your jawbone. Your jaw relies on the pressure exerted through your teeth every time you chew. When that pressure is absent, the bone begins to deteriorate.

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that anchors into your jawbone with a titanium rod, which serves as the root. We place an abutment on top of the rod above the surface of your gums, and then place a crown on top of that. 

We can replace one tooth, several missing teeth with All-on-4 teeth in a day, or all your missing teeth with dental implants, because they don’t need a neighboring tooth for support, like dentures and bridges do.

If you choose dental implants, you’re choosing the very best option for your health and your smile, but it’s still a surgical procedure, which means the method and the provider matter.

What is computer-guided implant surgery?

If you’re familiar with a computerized tomography (CT) scan, you know the concept behind this technology. The scan produces a 3D image of your mouth so we can see exactly what we plan to do during surgery. Computer-guided implant surgery:

We use computer-guided implant surgery whenever we approach a complex procedure, such as multiple implants, structural problems in the jaw, compromised bone health, and when the dental implant procedure immediately follows an extraction. 

Any time accuracy and precision are critical to the outcome, computer-guided implant surgery is desirable.

If you have missing teeth and are ready to fill the gaps with dental implants, don’t settle for old technology. Schedule a consultation at our office in The Woodlands, Texas, to find out if computer-guided implant surgery is right for you.

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