Computer Guided Dental Implant Surgery
Computer guided implant surgery represents a giant step forward in the replacement of teeth with dental implants. With Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan techniques and 3-D imaging, we can now visualize the placement of dental implants in three dimensions. This eliminates the guesswork involved determining what parts of the jawbone offer the best sites for dental implant placement. Computer guided implant surgery provides greater patient satisfaction and simplifies the dental implant treatment process.
Teeth-In-An-Hour™ is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts about an hour. This technology was knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. In addition, the fabrication of a final prosthesis is completed prior to the surgery. The computer-guided implant surgery is done in an minimally invasive fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient being that there is less post operative discomfort, less swelling and less bruising. Often, patients can resume their normal activities the next day.
The process starts when a CAT scan is taken of the patient’s jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a 3-D model of the jawbone, which can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are more accurate implant placement, and less chair time for the patient at the dentist office.
The Initial clinical evaluation
Understanding the problem, making the diagnosis based on clinical exam and x-rays and discussion of the treatment options, including “Teeth-In-An-Hour™”.
A formal printed plan is reviewed in conjunction with standardized consent forms.
A duplicate scanning denture is constructed. This device mimics the prototype denture.
A CT scan of the patient’s jaw wearing the scanning denture is completed. Following the patient scan, a second scan is performed on the denture alone.
Digital files from the CT scans are reformatted using the Nobel Biocare Procera System software. The software converts the CT data into a three dimensional image of the jaw and denture.
Dr. Vendetti performs virtual surgery on the 3D image. The file from this virtual surgery is then transmitted through the internet for fabrication of the surgical guide.
At a robotics facility, the data files containing the surgical plan are used to three dimensionally reconstruct the patient’s jaws. A special surgical guide is then constructed to assist the surgeon with implant installation. The guide and all necessary surgical components are carefully packaged and express shipped to our office.
Fabrication of teeth
Using the surgical guide and the models of the jaws, the final set of teeth are fabricated in the laboratory.
Upon completion of the laboratory work, Dr. Vendetti examines the shape and size of the teeth and checks the components for accuracy before scheduling the patient for actual surgery.
The one surgical visit
The implants and teeth are surgically installed with the aid of the computer generated materials, usually with only local anesthesia. The surgical procedure requires no incision, no sutures and little post-operative swelling or discomfort. The “Teeth-In-An-Hour™” surgery and your new esthetically pleasing smile usually takes less than sixty minutes to complete.