Once we have taken your Cone Beam (dental) CT scan we begin the implant treatment planning process by electronically sending the CT information to a Digital Imaging Lab. (360imaging.com). The CT image is incorporated into an implant treatment planning software which allows us to perform the implant surgery in a virtual environment. We carefully asses the amount of bone available, establish proper implant positioning and angulations, and determine the proximity of adjacent teeth and other vital structures.
The customized plan is re-formatted into a “3D view” and discussed in great detail with your restorative dentist so that everyone is on the “same sheet of music” prior to your surgery. A computerized surgical guide is then ordered. This specialized surgical guide allows us to transfer the information we have established on the computer in a virtual environment to your mouth at the time of surgery. The guide is our “surgical crutch”, making sure we place the implants in a perfect position. The implants are restored after they have healed to the jaw bone.
Utilizing CT technology and virtual implant treatment planning allows us to do your surgery on the computer first before the actual surgery. The critical steps described above takes the guess work out of your implant treatment, gets everyone on the same sheet of music, makes your surgery go faster and more predictable, which means less anesthesia and less post-surgical swelling, and it provides for exact and consistent results.
Here at Georgia Oral Surgery we take great pride in offering the very latest in CT and virtual implant technology. We believe strongly in providing our patients with the very best diagnostic and surgical treatment available.