As technology develops, implants are now being placed non-invasively using techniques such as computer guided surgery.
Computer guided surgery gives very clear details of the required site in the jaw bone, so as to place implants in a safe & precise manner.
Now implants can be done non-invasively without surgical intervention. It doesn’t involve incisions or too much of bone exposure for visualization. Hence there is not much of bleeding & sutures associated with the procedure.
Function of tooth & aesthetics are restored back. Patient can recover his normal chewing function and prevent bone loss that happens over time. He gets back his smile & confidence to chew and speak in public. Implants are a very ideal solution because they do not affect the adjacent teeth as in case of bridges.
With the use of advanced 3D computed tomography and imaging techniques it is easy for the surgeon to have a detailed information of the surgical site. The width, depth and texture of bone in the implant site with other necessary details are studied using the CBCT software. This study enables surgeons to make a preliminary simulation of how implants can be placed in the jaw bone, with practically zero margin of error.
All these are done before the day of surgical intervention. The procedure involves taking impression & making models of the patient’s edentulous state. Models are then sent to the labs, that processes an acrylic stent (template) that can fit in exactly on the implant site.
With the help of the CBCT imaging details that is simultaneously done on the patient, the implant location is accurately determined using the template on the patient pre-done model casts. Accurately measured holes are made on the stents that shows where the implants should be placed. Using these stents as guide, implants are placed non-invasively on the jaw bone on the day of surgery. It also helps to view the most ideal place for dentures and crowns with respect to all surrounding anatomical barriers like nerves or sinus.