The use of digital technology for planning implant surgery as part of a tooth replacement therapy plan has become the norm, rather than the exception. There are good reasons for this, as digital planning increases accuracy and minimizes risk. Digital planning involves the use of a high-tech scan of your mouth prior to implant surgery. This scan provides a 3D image of your jawbone, with which we can plan the position of your dental implants with great precision.
Proper positioning of the dental implant(s) is vital to the long-term success of any dental prosthesis attached to them. At the Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry, our doctor, Dr. Jim Maroney, is an accomplished digital planning specialist, who also can use digital technology to fabricate your dental prosthesis right in our Littleton area prosthodontic office.
The use of digital technology to improve treatment in virtually all areas of medicine has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 20 years; including the field of general dentistry and now in prosthodontics. Digital diagnostics and imaging, as well as digital fabrication have proved especially effective with dental implants, the standard for tooth replacement therapy.
The use of digital planning for dental implants has greatly improved outcomes for virtually all patients.
Digital Dental Equipment
We are very fortunate to have a CT scanner and a maxillofacial radiologist in our building. Using the images obtained from our colleagues, our 3-D planning software is used to precisely plan implant orientation and position, as well as ensure no damage to important structures. We use Nobel Clinician software in our Littleton area prosthodontic office to enhance this process. Once the plan has been finalized we are able to create a very precise surgical guide that allows our digital plan to become reality (Nobel Guide). The surgical guide looks much like a dental retainer but has indicators on it that help us during the implant surgery and ensure an optimal result.
While it is true that a CBCT scan is not needed in every case, in many patients it helps minimize risk, and makes the procedure go more efficiently.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.