DIGITAL DENTISTRY: A MORE PRECISE & LESS INVASIVE IMPLANT PLACEMENT PROCEDURE
Dental Implant is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. This technique became a widespread and acceptable treatment modality and can provide a beautiful, natural-looking appearance. This procedure is safe; however, it requires fusing the implants into the jaw through oral surgery which can damage nearby vital structures.
Fortunately, the use of digital dentistry instead of the traditional technique enables the dentist to know the exact location of vital structures including nerves, teeth roots, bone and sinuses. This can reduce the risk of unexpected complications during surgery as well as allowing the dentist to know exactly where the implant should be placed.
The Role of Digital Dentistry in Implant Surgery
Nowadays, we are very lucky that the digital age of dentistry has brought more innovative dental techniques. Furthermore, dental implant placement is more efficient with The Computer-Guided Implant Surgery which was designed to be more precise and less invasive.
The Computer-Guided Implant Surgery is a great advancement in dental implant surgery and treatment planning. This system gathers accurate information about the anatomy of the jaw in 3D presentation. The dentist is able to locate and identify important internal structures through in 3D as well as gather information about bone quality and quantity. The detailed scan images of the oral structures can be used to explain the dental implant procedure to patient and allow the dentist to make a precise treatment plan and create a more accurate dental implant placement.
Moreover, studies found that an error of The Computer-Guided Implant Surgery can occur averagely 0.7-1 mm which is a very rare error compared to conventional method of implantation. This process provides greater patient satisfaction, health, and recovery; and it helps to simplify the treatment process.
Computer-Guided Implant Surgery: How the Process Works?
- The dentist evaluates the site for dental implant placement.
- Create a 3D digital scan of the patient’s oral structure using Intraoral Scanner.
- Then the 3D scanned images will be used for planning implant placement.
- With computer-guidance, the dentist can determine the very best placement for the implant.
Advantages of Computer-Guided Implant Surgery
- Prevent critical vital structures injuries.
- The time required for implant surgery can be substantially reduced.
- Increase the accuracy of implant placement.
- Creates a good understanding of the treatment plan between dentist and patient.
However, the success of implant surgery and placement will not be achieved by the computer program alone, but it is important to be performed by an experienced dentist for best results.
DR. NOPPARAT SUKSOD
Specialty: Implant Dentistry