Dental implant placement and restoration is a multi-step treatment. To complete it properly, it takes several months and requires detailed planning. At Vancouver Island Prosthodontics, we take the time to enhance the quality of our work so patients can enjoy a renewed smile for a lifetime. Below, we explain how implant treatment works and the importance of digital technology in our process.
Creating a Map of the Smile
We begin by taking a CT scan of the smile. This machine uses targeted beams to visualize each layer of tissue and bone in the oral anatomy. It can be focused in on individual locations for increased detail into, for example, a tooth extraction site. Once the computer processes the images, a dental professional can make informed decisions on the next steps for dental implant placement. They will decide where the posts will go, at what angle they should be placed, and how many will be required to complete treatment.
Beside dental implant procedures, CT scanners also deliver deeper insight into the smile’s underlying structures. They can see the thickness of the bone tissue or discover health concerns in hard-to-reach areas.
The Plan for Implant Placement
Using the digital map created by the CT scanner, our prosthodontists lay out the details of implant surgery in a surgical guide. The guide increases the precision of dental implant placement with the goal of minimizing risk factors. During the procedure, the prosthodontists will know exactly where and how to place the posts, making the best use of available bone tissue.
Proper placement is essential to restoring the smile. Implant posts need adequate bone tissue to fuse with the structure, almost like a natural tooth root. With this bone-level stability, the implant prosthetic delivers functionality and aesthetics like that of real teeth.
Completing the Smile
Digital mapping also helps us create the right implant prosthesis. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are custom-made to match the patient’s smile. These cannot be designed according to a one-size-fits-all method otherwise the teeth will not look right, nor will they work as desired. Once implants have been placed and the bone has healed, a few months after the initial procedure, the final restorations are affixed with abutments, securing them for their lifetime.
Visit Vancouver Island Prosthodontics for Full Implant Treatment
Our practice offers expert dental implant treatment. We use technology and techniques that protect our patients’ health and provide them with a renewed smile. To schedule a dental implant treatment consultation, contact our office in Victoria, today!