3D imaging has greatly improved patient care and outcomes when it comes to dental implant surgery. For this reason, 3D imaging has become the Standard of Care for dental implant surgery as well as other oral surgery procedures.
In the past, many patients were ruled out as candidates for dental implants due to lack of enough bone and supporting structures to support the placement of dental implants. 3D imaging now allows for a more thorough analysis of bone structure and can be used to locate critical bone structure that could not otherwise be located. With this important technology, enhanced images are used to view both the height and width of the bone available for implant placement. This opens up the possibility of dental implants for many patients who might have been ruled out for this procedure in the past.
When 3D imaging technology is used in an oral surgery office, it can also lead to improved patient outcomes. 3D imaging provides oral surgeons with an important tool for diagnosing problems, forming treatment plans and preparing for oral surgeries. 3D images allow for safer and more predictable oral surgeries by allowing the oral surgeon to plan and avoid vital anatomic structures such as nerves and sinuses, with certainty. It can also help to optimize implant treatment and placement by enabling the oral surgeon to select the most suitable implant type, size, location and angulations, prior to surgery. Lastly, 3D imaging allows for smaller incisions which can reduce the amount of pain as well as the recovery time after surgery.
Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement system that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are interested in dental implants to replace missing teeth, talk to your oral surgeon today to see if he or she is utilizing 3D imaging technology in the placement of dental implants.