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The Dental Implant Procedure
Posted on 8/20/2017 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Dental implants act as tooth root replacements. After they are placed into the jawbone, different components can be attached to the implant to provide stable anchors for replacement teeth and/or support dentures. In some cases, additional related procedures might be needed to allow placement of dental implants. These include, but are not limited to: ridge preservation, ridge augmentation/bone grafts, sinus grafts and soft tissue grafts. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. The implants are placed within your jawbone, and after a period of healing, the implant is tested to insure proper bone integration. The healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include bone density and bone quality. In some cases, implants may be temporarily restored immediately after they are placed. After the implant has osseointegrated, the second phase begins. If the implant was covered up at the first stage, then the implant is uncovered and a small healing collar is attached. After a few weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression is taken, and then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The entire procedure usually takes three to six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. Surgical Advances Using the latest advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Zeren is able to place single stage/flapless implants. These implant procedures are minimally invasive, requiring no incisions or sutures and eliminating the second procedure to uncover them. This minimally invasive technique greatly benefits patients in that there is a decrease in postoperative discomfort, swelling, bruising and healing time. There are also situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction, further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with temporary crowns in one visit. This process, called “immediate loading” greatly simplifies the surgical process. Computerized Implant Planning: Implant planning software allows for interactive 3D Planning for ideal positioning of dental implants, while taking into account both clinical and esthetical considerations. Computer guided surgery is a revolutionary treatment planning and surgical implementation system enabling the transfer of computer generated planning directly into the mouth with accuracy, detailing the exact position and depth of the implants before surgery. Computer generated guides provide a link between the planning and the actual surgery by transferring the simulated plan accurately to surgery. Dental implant techniques such as “Teeth in a Day” and “Teeth in an Hour” are based on this technology. This technology allows for collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. In addition, the fabrication of a provisional prosthesis is completed prior to the surgery. The computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient in that there is less postoperative discomfort, less swelling and less bruising. Patients can often resume their normal activities the next day.

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