Are you considering dental implants for replacing lost teeth? Many dentists provide this service but not everyone has the experience and training to ensure a positive outcome for complex cases. When only one tooth has been lost, placement is very straightforward. There is only one space in the jaw where the implant will fit.
However, when many teeth are missing and the implants are intended to support a denture or partial denture—it becomes far more important to have a surgeon who understands the issues of proper implant placement. If the implants are not placed in the best location in the jaw, you may wind up with implants that don’t stabilize properly, or implants that fail at a later date. If you have a medical condition that affects your body’s ability to heal or generate new tissues, this can further complicate your case.
In order for implants to be successful, they need to be placed in an area that has enough bone density to support them permanently. If you’ve already lost bone due to jawbone resorption, you may need bone grafting to bulk up your bone mass and encourage new bone growth. Finding an implant provider who understands all the factors of your particular case can be tricky. How can you tell if your implant surgeon knows can provide a successful procedure? One way is that he or she will use the best tools in the field to determine optimal implant placement.
Are you considering dental implants for All-on-4 dentures or full mouth restoration? Dr. Chris Tye provides Colleyville and Watauga dental implants in a safe and professional environment. As a dual degreed DDS and oral surgeon, Dr. Tye is experienced in complex cases and can provide the level of expertise you need. Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists at 817-552-3223 for a consultation.
What Tools Assist in Proper Implant Placement?
One of the most important tools an oral surgeon will use in placing dental implants is a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner. Unlike standard two-dimensional x-rays, CBCT scanners take a series of pictures to create a full 360-degree picture of the patient’s anatomy. They map out the soft and hard tissues of the face at varying depths, and indicate the density of tissues relevant to implant placement. A standard x-ray does not have the detail to show which sites have already incurred bone loss and which retain optimal bone density. Along with 3D imaging software, CBCT scans allow your oral surgeon to model the results of your implant surgery to determine the best placement.
Another important tool implant surgeons use is the intraoral scanner. In dentistry, intraoral scanners take the place of traditional dental impressions by capturing the dimensions of the mouth and transferring them to a digitized model. Implant surgeons use data from intraoral scanners and CBCT scans to create a model of the patient’s anatomy that will guide the surgical procedure. Essentially, these digital treatment planning tools allow the doctor to model the surgery before it happens, to make sure placement is optimal and there’s no room for error during the actual procedure.
Without digital treatment planning tools, an implant dentist may as well be drilling into your mouth freehand—and that’s no way to ensure a predictable and successful outcome!
Contact Dr. Tye for Dental Implants
As an oral surgeon and dentist, Dr. Tye has the training and expertise to accept complicated implant cases. This includes patients with medical conditions that may impact their body’s ability to integrate the implants. If you have been without teeth for several years or have been told that you lack adequate bone density for implants, call our office and make an appointment. Using advanced techniques and the most appropriate tools, Dr. Tye will assess your candidacy and asses the best way to make your implant procedure a success!
Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists for Colleyville, Keller, and Watauga dental implants. You are always in good hands with Dr. Chris Tye. Call us at 817-552-3223 to make an appointment.