The advancement of new technologies such as 3D imaging, Intra Oral Scanners, Software based virtual treatment planning and 3D printing have revolutionized dentistry, specifically implant dentistry. Currently, we can obtain a scan of the oral cavity instead of having traditional dental impression materials, such as alginate. Obtaining a traditional impression requires mixing and preparation of the impression material and placing a tray in the patient’s mouth and waiting for a few minutes for the material to set. Then a stone material would be poured into the impression obtained to create a physical model replicating the patient’s mouth. With the advancement of intra oral scanners, the patient does not need traditional impressions taken and a stone model is not necessary. A scan of the oral cavity will very accurately duplicate the patient’s teeth and generate a virtual model than can be used for treatment planning, communicating with the referring dentist, and educating the patient about any treatment plan.
In fact, in our current ability we can obtain an 3D image of the patient’s jaw to accurately measure bone dimensions and to properly evaluate bone quality and quantity in addition to seeing all important anatomical structures, such as nerves and sinuses. These CT scan-based images can be super imposed with a patient’s oral scan to replicate in great accuracy the actual patient oral cavity. Then a virtual plan of an implant and future crown can be made very precisely to custom fit the particular situation and can be used to communicate with the referring dentist and the patient. In addition, with the use of an Intra Operative Surgical Guide using the X navigation (shown in the photos below), which we are currently utilizing at Bay Oral Surgery, we can see in real life the actual process and progress of implant placement.
At Bay Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we are proud to use the latest technology to provide the most accurate, predictable and long-lasting treatments for our patients with the coordinated efforts of Bay Oral surgeons and our referring dentists.
If you are interested in a dental implant, please contact our office at (920) 499-0471 to schedule a consult. We look forward to meeting with you!
-Dr. Reda Taleb