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Non-surgical implants

In recent years Dental implants have replaced bridges and dentures as the most popular and predictable way to replace missing teeth. However when we bring up the possibility of dental implants most patients cringe and associate implants with major surgery and post op pain.

Today’s technology allows us to simplify and remove the stigma associated with dental implants. Using CBCT images (3D X-ray) we can accurately plan and place implants non-surgically . How does this work and what do we mean by non-surgically?

Non-surgical dental implant surgery

Traditional dental implant surgery

Traditional dental implant surgery consists of using a scalpel to cut the gums so that we could visualize the surgical site (bone where implant would be placed) . The implant would be placed and then the gums would be sutured back into original position. The trauma to the soft tissue causes swelling and subsequent post op pain.

The non-surgical Dental implant approach uses the data from the 3D X-ray to pre plan where the implant will be best positioned and does not require gum surgery to visualize the bone. The data gathered from the 3D X-ray is used to make a surgical guide which will precisely place the implant in the pre planned position.

Non-surgical dental implant

3D X-ray is used to plan size and exact position of the implant

Non-surgical (computer guided) implants

Today’s technology allows us to simplify and remove the stigma associated with dental implants.

At the implant placement appointment the patient is numbed just as we were to do a dental filling. The guide is placed over the teeth, small hole is punched in the gums and the implant site is prepared through the hole of the surgical guide and the dental implant is delivered. No scalpel no sutures and most important very little post op discomfort.

Traditional placed implant Vs. Non-surgical (computer guided)

-use of Scalpel and sutures-no scalpel or sutures
-greater post op discomfort due to trauma-very little post of discomfort if any
-most planning and visualization at time of surgery-most planning done pre-treatment
-more chance for Dr. error in position of implant-very precise , little chance of error
-longer surgery appointment-shorter treatment appointment
-3D X-ray not required-3D X-ray required