All of our implants are planned using a Cone Beam CT scan, providing us with a 3D image of the jaw.
This ensures that implants are placed with the utmost precision in the pre-planned area. This makes the procedure safer, quicker, and predictable, reduces the need for bone grafts and is a lot more comfortable. It also means we can place implants where we wouldn’t have done before we had this technology, so they can be available to patients who have suffered considerable bone loss.
The overall process of dental implants using computer-guided implant surgery is as follows:
Overall scan of your jaw area
With the help of the most sophisticated Cone Beam CT scanner, our surgeons are able to generate an accurate 3-dimensional image of the jaw area, including the exact teeth positions, bone quality and quantity, nerve tissues and any sinus cavities.
Creation of 3D model
Once we have this detailed information, with the help of highly specialised software from Nobel Biocare, we are able to create a 3D model of the jaw so we can ‘virtually’ place the implants in the optimum position.
Prepare a drilling guide
The 3D model with the virtual placement is then sent to the specialised laboratories to prepare the precise drilling guide using 3D printing, which is used during surgery.
Once the drilling guide is ready, our highly experienced surgeons use this to place the implant precisely where planned. The surgery is performed with a dental laser, thus making the procedure even more minimally invasive, and using the laser promotes healing, reduces swelling and often obviates the need for stitches.
The overall benefits of computer-guided implant surgery are:
- Precise and accurate treatment.
- Minimal incision, thereby minimal pain.
- Prevents damage to vital structures.
- Faster recovery.
- Better aesthetic outcome so the implant looks completely natural.