PRECISION

Dental Implant Placement

What is Precision Dental Implant Placement?

Although dental implants have become popular, they have been around for awhile. The technique of actually placing dental implants has stayed the same for a long time. A skilled surgeon would place the implants where he felt they would work best, “by eye”. Measurements were estimates.  If the implant position was too far off, the implant was a failure. The surgeon either  removed the implant, or left it buried as a “sleeper”.

Today, we can take an extremely accurate 3 dimensional x-ray, and use it to determine the best implant placement.

 

 

The  ability to take a three dimensional x-ray in the office is a recent development. This x-ray is called a Cone Beam Tomogram.

Cone Beam Tomogram

 

 

The implants are virtually placed in the x-ray

How do we transfer this implant placement to the patient?

 

An impression of the mouth is taken and a plaster model is made.
The  model is then digitally scanned into specialized software.

The x-ray and model are now “Put Together”

 

 

Here’s the Cone Beam x-ray, with the implants virtually placed.

 

 

The image of the model of the mouth is superimposed over the x-ray image.

Super-imposed Images of x-ray and model

 

 

 

The implant positions have now been transferred to the model.

 

A precision surgical guide is then designed.

Designed Surgical Guide

 

 

Often dental offices contract with a dental laboratory to design and manufacture the surgical guide. We manufacture in house and maintain complete control.  The guide is 3D printed, using FDA approved materials. Our current  3D printer is a  Form 2