September 4, 2018
There are no guarantees in life, but if someone told you that you were doing something with a 98% chance of success, you would probably feel pretty good about it! If you’ve been thinking about getting dental implants in Orlando, you’ll be glad to know that the success rate actually is 98% – but that’s not the whole story. Since an estimated 500,000 implants are placed each year, a 2% failure rate works out to 10,000 failed implants annually, which is less than ideal. The good news is that there’s a way to increase the chance of success above the already-high 98% rate: computer-guided technology. Keep reading to find out how this helpful tool can make it even more likely that your implants will be successful!
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Before explaining how this technology works, it’s helpful to understand how dental implants are normally done first. An implant is placed in the jaw during a small, in-office surgery that takes about 1-2 hours. Your jaws have many anatomical structures, including nerves, roots and sinuses.
So, how does a dentist know where to place the implant to avoid these structures? They use images of your teeth and jaws that allow them to gauge where everything is before they place the implant freehanded.
Although this works well in many cases, there’s more room for error when it’s done this way than when the procedure is aided by computers.
How Does Computer Guided Technology Make Implants Better?
When an implant dentist in Orlando performs a computer-guided procedure, they’re able to place your implant with much more precision (and certainty). They know exactly where to put it to maximize the implant’s chance of success.
How does it work? A 3D image of your teeth and jaws is combined with a model of your mouth to create a computer-generated surgical guide. A dentist uses this guide to place your implant instead of doing it freehanded, which not only makes your procedure more precise, but also less invasive.
It also has these additional benefits:
- There’s less potential for discomfort, bruising and swelling.
- It contributes to faster healing.
- There’s a lower chance of failure, which means you’re less likely to have extra follow-up costs.
Dental implants are a fantastic investment – they look and feel more like your own teeth than any other option and can last many decades. Not to mention that, with computer-guided placement, they have an even higher chance of success!
About the Author
Dr. John Russo is a general and implant dentist in Orlando who is always on the lookout for technology to help him provide the most reliable results possible. He knows that implants are a fantastic investment in his patients’ oral health and wants to make sure he gives them every chance of success. If you have any additional questions, he can be contacted via his website or at (407) 843-2112.
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