Getting dental implants is a complicated procedure, but one that is made easier for your oral surgeon by special 3D technology.
IMPLA 3D Imaging System: More than just a dental x-ray machine
A type of x-ray called “cone beam imaging” first takes a number of 2D scans of your teeth, jaw, and other facial structures. The device simply rotates around your head, it is not invasive at all. These scans are then combined digitally to create a 3D image of your mouth for your oral surgeon. This 3D image created with the IMPLA 3D Imaging System gives a very detailed picture of the teeth and jaw, making it easier for an oral surgeon to see exactly what kind of work needs to be done and where. Previously, oral surgeons would need to cut into the gum to see exactly what they needed to do, which was not only another invasive procedure, but required additional healing before a bone graft or implant could even be done.
Using 3D imagery is important in determining whether or not you would need a bone graft before getting a dental implant. It will show how dense the bone is, if the bone has receded at all, and whether or not it would be able to support an implant. Nerves are also visible, as well as any potential disease such as tumors or cysts.
3D Imaging for Dental Implants and Bone Grafting
An oral surgeon can also use these detailed images to plot out the procedure ahead of time and troubleshoot any potential complications. If the surgeon knows precisely where they need to cut, it limits the need for exploratory or larger incisions. Being able to detect bone density will also help the oral surgeon determine what size implant to use, ensuring that the results from the implant procedure will fit your mouth, be comfortable, and look natural.
That said, it’s crucial to work with a dentist that has not only state-of-the-art technology, but also has years of experience in dental implants. Dr. Djuric at Perdido Bay Dental is one of the top dental implant specialists in the Gulf Coast area. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call today at (850) 542-4428.