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When Do I Need Dental Implants?

If you have teeth missing and are otherwise in good health, consider the advantages of a dental implant. A dental implant replaces not only the visible tooth, but the roots below as well, stimulating bone health and promoting improved oral health. In the following situations, a dental implant may be the more ideal solution:

Significant Periodontal Disease

Gum disease, especially in its more advanced form of periodontitis, can begin a process of detaching the tissue from your teeth and affecting bone health. Over time, this disease can destroy tissue and surrounding support, leading to tooth loss and bone resorption. A dental implant cannot be placed until the periodontitis has been treated, but it can be used part of a strategy to return pre-disease stability and health to your mouth.

Dental Trauma

Teeth can become fractured or completely lost due to falls, sports-related injuries, or other accidents. Implants are the most dependable solution to tooth loss and are recommended to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can also work to replace teeth that need to be extracted after severe loss of structural integrity. Extraction may be the only recourse for significantly damaged teeth and the placement of dental implants allow patients to regain full oral function.

Replacing Old, Failing Restorations

Other restoration options like bridges or crowns are typically recommended for patients whose teeth are healthy enough to remain in place, but require functional and aesthetic restoration. Over time, however, ideal conditions for the support of these prosthetics may no longer apply, requiring that the restoration be removed, teeth extracted, and missing teeth to be then replaced. The same can be said of severely damaged teeth that have been through several root canals; for many patients, as the years go on, problematic teeth can no longer be restored but must be replaced entirely.

While removable teeth replacements like dentures can slip from the gums, leading to potentially embarrassing situations, dental implants are designed to last well into the future. With proper care, many implant patients can enjoy treatment that last upwards of twenty years.  Due to the comprehensive nature of placement, dental implants offer great security and reliability.

If tooth loss has made you a candidate for dental implants, speak to our implant dentist, Dr. Thomas E. O’Connor about regaining your smile’s vitality. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation!

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FAQs about CBCT

CBCT imaging is a foreign topic for many dental patients, especially when it comes to how this technology is used in the complex implant dentistry process. However, there are benefits to be taken advantage of with this high-tech dental tool, which can help patients enjoy better outcomes from implant treatment. When discussing 3D computer guided implant surgery, patients typically ask Dr. O’Connor the following:

Is 3D Imaging Necessary for Implants?

There are many general dentists who place implants without the use of 3D dental scans—and these procedures are often without issue, as implants typically come with a success rate of over 90%. However, without 3D guided surgery, implant surgery can be a guessing game. Through traditional X-rays, dentists may not be able to see, with detail, all oral structures that are part of the implant process. Patients with compromised oral health may therefore not be best served with the traditional approach and will have to visit a specialist or a different dental office that is better able to meet their needs.

Why Should I Choose 3D Treatment Planning?

As mentioned in discussion of the treatment on our website, CBCT implant surgery is vital in reducing inaccuracies during standard implant surgery where this technology is not used. Computer imaging allows Dr. O’Connor to see where areas of bone are healthiest, so that implants can integrate with ease. Dr. O’Connor can treat patients with dental complications that would otherwise disqualify them for treatment, bone loss being chief among these issues. Computer guided implant dentistry promotes treatment that is precise and supports optimal results.

Are 3D Scans Safe?

Any time an X-ray or other medical images is taken, questions of safety and exposure are important to ask. There are plenty of times in life when X-rays are necessary, such as during accidents or injury, and routine dental appointments. However, it’s important to note that frequency of X-rays is a factor to consider for exposure, i.e. receiving unnecessary or superfluous X-rays may be ill-advised. X-rays with a clear benefit, intended for a specific purpose, are typically recommended for the ideal final results they can provide for patients.

3D scans for the purpose of implant treatment are kept to only a small treatment area – the specific procedure site – and are not applied extraneously, as to avoid unnecessary patient expose. When used in this conservative and precise manner, 3D scans are safe and provide essential benefits.

Ask us Your Questions about Guided Implant Surgery

If you’re curious about 3D computer guided implant surgery for replacing teeth in your smile, contact our office for your consultation.