Having a full set of teeth is important because if one or more teeth are missing, the balance of biting forces is disturbed. Choosing not to replace missing teeth has negative long-term effects not only on the remaining teeth, which can shift or tilt, but on the entire chewing system.
Replacing missing teeth with implants has become a popular choice. They look and feel like natural teeth, and just like natural teeth they are designed to last long if looked after properly.
Many patients who would benefit from implants but have shied away from the invasive implant procedure may be unaware of new technologies in modern implantology. It has changed significantly.
At our surgeries we use guided implant surgery. Unlike freehand surgery, this means that we plan and perform the procedure using computer scans to create a digital model of the jaw. With these data a custom-made, 3D-printed drilling guide is used to place the implant.
A quick and efficient procedure
This type of surgery allows a much higher level of accuracy already at the planning stage. It also makes a much more precise and safer placement of the artificial root possible.
Compared with traditional implant surgery placing the implant with a drilling guide is also way less invasive. Instead of cutting open the gum to drill into the bone freehand, all that is needed is a small punch biopsy to remove a tiny piece of gum tissue. Through this opening we can drill into the bone with utmost precision at exactly the right angle and the right depth. After placing the implant a healing cap is screwed into the artificial root and seals the punch hole for the healing period.
We call it dental keyhole surgery
In a way the level of precision and minimal invasiveness of guided implant surgery can be compared to keyhole surgery and its known benefits: lower likelihood of infection, less swelling, less bleeding, as well as minimal to no discomfort and a quicker recovery time.
After three months we test whether the implant has integrated into the jaw bone as expected using a special tool. The test is also non-invasive. Then the final porcelain crown can be produced and placed.
If you have a missing tooth, talk to us to find out whether an implant might be the right option for you.