Predictive Dental Implant Surgery and Results
Published on April 2, 2019
By Perio On The Park
One of the biggest factors which differentiates dental implant surgeons is whether they decide to place implants freehand, or whether they opt for a predictive surgery technique which uses surgical guides for determining where each implant should be located.
Any dedicated implant surgeon will be committed to providing their patient the very best outcome from their procedure and this means positive success and predictable results. The main way in which a dental implant dentist can ensure predictable results is to use surgical templates also known as surgical guides to determine exactly where the dental implant posts will sit in the jaw. This is extremely valuable for a number of reasons.
Firstly, your dental implant surgeon will need to ensure that each implant post goes into a part of your jaw bone where there is sufficient density of healthy bone to support it. If not, the bone won’t regrow around the implant post to hold it in place and the implant will fail. This regrowth process is called osseointegration and is the key component of the dental implant technique. This is because it enables the implant post to be permanently cemented in place, giving dental implants the stability and durability for which they are known.
Avoid nerve damage
Secondly, it is essential that your implants are placed in such a way that they don’t disrupt any of the main nerves in your jaw. If your dentist is not vigilant when placing the implants and is not properly guided, there is a significant risk of nerve damage. The two main nerves that can be damaged during a poorly planned dental implant procedure include the inferior alveolar nerve and the lingual nerve.
Nerve damage can cause neuralgia (pain) in the jaw, as well as altered sensations in the face that can affect your everyday activities, including speaking and eating. Nerve injuries can have a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life, and if they are severely affected, can lead to mental health problems including depression.
Symptoms of nerve damage within the face and mouth include:
Numbness in the lips, gums, and chin
Pain in the lips, gums, and chin
Tingling and other sensations in the lower part of the face
In addition to avoiding nerve damage, predictive surgery techniques enable the dental implant surgeon to avoid other important anatomic structures and therefore improve the overall outcome of the procedure.
Aesthetic, predictable results
Needless to say, when you choose dental implants you want to be assured that your newly restored smile is both natural in appearance and attractive. Placement of your implants is essential for this to become a reality. By carefully planning your dental implant procedure using the predictive surgical technique, you can be certain that your implants will be placed in positions that truly enhance your smile while maintaining the full function of your teeth and mouth.
When utilized properly, surgical guides used during a dental implant procedure can significantly increase the predictability of the treatment outcome. If you would like to learn more about how predictive surgery yields predictive results, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for dental implants using the predictive surgery technique, please contact our offices. Our friendly and experienced dental team will be happy to answer your queries or book you an appointment at our New York offices.