Placing implants is a precise and complicated process. while we pre-plan the entire process, we actually do not do the surgical part of placing the implant. Today’s technology and equipment can make placing implants controlled and cosmetically more able to replicate a natural tooth. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains how digital implant technology makes it possible.
Difficulties when surgically placing Implants
It is not unusual for general dentists to fear placing implants. Implants require skill and detailed planning. There are many factors to consider when placing an implant such as:
- Hitting a nerve
- Invading a sinus
- Hitting adjacent roots
- Incorrect placement
Many of these fears are alleviated with Guided surgery. With Guided surgery, a 3-D radiograph of the patient’s jaw is taken from which a virtual plan is designed. The 3-D imaging gives the patient a visual representation of the placement so they are confident and comfortable with the procedure. More ergonomic and affordable than before, today modern 3-D CBCT machines are usually about the size of panoramic machines. A surgical guide and guided surgery drill kit is also part of the implant technology leaving little room for error.
Dental implants can be performed without technology. Today’s technology makes it a viable option for general dentists and easier for their patients because they will not require a referral or have to travel to visit a specialist. Digital implant technology opens doors for the general practitioner all while:
- Alleviating the fears associated with placement
- Shortening the appointment
- Decreasing patient discomfort
- Increasing patient confidence and acceptance.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chaicago and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.