A dental implant is essentially a new tooth root, one that can help you address minor and severe cases of tooth loss. Placement is crucial for ensuring they can support daily bite forces and pressure, which is why we use computer technology to guide them in place. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist explains how CT technology helps with the tooth replacement process.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small device that is similar in appearance to a screw. The device is made from titanium, a material that is biocompatible and accepted by the body as something natural. As a result, when a dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, it actually bonds with the bone tissue like a natural root. While some prosthetics, like bridges and dentures, need to be replaced every 10 years or so, these have the potential to last for decades, possibly even an entire lifetime!
Guiding Placement with CT Technology
First, we will employ digital x-rays to gather incredibly detailed images of your smile, assessing the cause and extent of your tooth loss. Next, we use cone beam 3D imaging to help plan the placement of your dental implant. We combine these images to create a detailed 3D model of your entire smile, including root roots and oral structures, which help us better plan the process of addressing minor and severe tooth loss. We will choose the best position and angle to support new teeth and absorb daily bite forces. The process is shorter than traditional methods and uses computer technology to actually guide the placement!
What Happens Next?
After we place your new teeth, we will wait three to four months for them to bond with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. Next, we add an abutment to the teeth and attach a custom-made dental crown, which addresses the visible portion of your new tooth. We want to ensure not only a durable and dependable chewing surfaces, but also an attractive appearance! We can also use multiple dental implants to support a bridge or denture as well, all guided in place with advanced cone beam technology. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, or about the implant process, then contact our team today to learn more!
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Replacement?
Advanced technology can help you obtain a full and beautiful smile once more, so don’t let tooth loss continue to harm your smile’s health and appearance. To learn more about our solutions for missing teeth, or how to avoid the loss of one or more natural teeth, please schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.