How 3D Dental Implant Planning Works
The 3D dental implant planning process is a routine dental implant process refinement. It typically involves just three steps after your initial consultation:
- 3D scans
- Creation of surgical plans
- Dental implant placement
These three steps are typically all it takes to place your dental implant or implants.
We take 3D scans using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). This technology uses a series of low-dose X-rays taken at different angles to construct a three-dimensional model of the surgical area. This technology offers many advantages over other types of CT scans.
First, it’s an open-model technology. You can sit or stand in the machine with two arms rather than a solid cylinder around your head.
Second, it’s a fast technology. It takes just seconds to take the scan, and the results are available immediately.
Finally, the 3D CBCT uses a relatively small amount of radiation. It’s comparable to the amount you get from a typical series of bitewing X-rays. That’s just a tiny fraction of the radiation exposure from a medical CT scan and significantly less than a chest x-ray.
Creation of Surgical Plans
Although the CBCT scan is low radiation, it is high detail. It gives us all the necessary information to plan your surgical procedure accurately. It tells us the location and density of your jawbone. It also shows us any abnormalities or diseases that might affect the implant. Plus, it shows your anatomy, such as the location of tooth roots and significant nerves in the jaw.
This detailed information lets us determine key surgical details, such as whether you need gum disease treatment or a bone graft before implant placement. It also allows us to decide on the best place to put dental implants to maximize the use of your bone while minimizing your risk of complications. We can make these plans even if you have teeth we must extract before placing implants.
Once we’ve determined the optimal placement plan for your dental implants, we will translate these plans into a surgical guide we can use during surgery.
Dental Implant Placement
On the day of your surgery, we will use our surgical guide to assist with placing your dental implants. This streamlines the procedure to minimize your time in the dental chair while maximizing your odds of success.
Our precise implant planning allows us to place implants while we extract one or more natural teeth. We can often put a dental crown or bridge on your implant during the same procedure.