Dental Implants - Computer guided surgery
Computer-guided surgery when used in dental implant surgery is a technical procedure whereby the dentist will use a surgical guide software in order to place the dental implants in a very accurate position. Dr. Cisternas performs the surgery using the 3D scan in tandem with high tech computer software so as to pinpoint exactly the location of the dental implant.
Dr. Cisternas will first take a 3D scan of your mouth at the areas where you are intending to have the dental implants placed. The use of the 3D scan can help reduce the need for bone grafts as he is able to pinpoint areas where there is enough bone density to place the implant. When Dr. Cisternas does this it is almost similar to doing virtual surgery on the patient but on the computer. The complex 3D scan that is taken of the patient's mouth will then be used create models of your mouth along with 3D x-ray images. This allows Dr. Cisternas to see a virtual procedure before he even touches your mouth. The use of 3D surgery is it very accurate in helping to perform dental implant surgery for mini dental implants. It is extremely safe, effective and accurate. Despite these benefits it still takes a very experienced surgeon to know how to perform computer guided surgery.
What is the process for computer guided for dental implants?
Initially during your first visit Dr. Cisternas will take an impression of your upper and lower jaw. This will help him to plan the exact location of your new teeth. At your second visit Dr. Cisternas will place a stent inside your mouth in the area where tooth replacement will be neccessary. The stent will capture the exact contours of the patient’s gums and the pinpoint the location of your implants will be placed. A high tech Cone Beam CT Scan will be performed- this will gather information about the patient’s jaw bone and the level of the patient’s bone density. Once this digital information is gathered from your scan it will create a 3D model of your jaw, which allows Dr. Cisternas to see the level of bone density at the area where the dental implants will be placed. It may be that you will require a bone graft and Dr. Cisternas will discuss the procedure of bone grafting in order to achieve optimal results for a dental implant.
On the day of your surgery Dr Cisternas will place the dental implants into the jawbone using drill sleeves that will guide the implants into the exact location where the new teeth are required.
Computer guided dental implant surgery is a complex procedure and requires significant training in order to do it correctly and effectively. Dr. Cisternas advocates using a dentist who has significant experience for this procedure as it is important that the surgery is planned strategically and that the surgeon maps the nerves, arteries and sinus bone depression and has a full understanding of your oral anatomy. By using the computer guided surgery and Cone Beam CT scan procedure Dr. Cisternas can accurately determine:
- The exact position where the dental implants should be placed
- Whether the patient has bone deterioration in those locations
- If there is bone deterioration can it be solved by bone regeneration
- If bone regeneration is not possible can we use other locations in the same arch