Dental implants offer a unique and advanced solution to minor and severe cases of tooth loss. They can last for decades and look completely natural. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA, dentist will look at how we employ CT technology to plan and guide the placement of your new teeth, and what you can do to safeguard your newly whole smile.
How Does CT Technology Work?
We employ computed tomography to gather a series of 3D x-ray scans of your smile, including your teeth, roots, gums, oral structures, and jaw bone. When we combine these images, we have a detailed 3D model of your smile. We can see if you have enough strong jawbone tissue to support a new tooth root, or if you should undergo bone grafting beforehand. We can also assess the severity of any potential underlying oral health issues, which might threaten your new tooth unless treated. Finally, we can plan the placement of your dental implants with accuracy and precision.
Dental Implant Placement
A dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, where through the process known as osseointegration, the dental implant will bond with the jawbone tissue like a natural tooth root. This allows your new tooth to potentially last decades, possibly even a lifetime, while traditional bridges and dentures rarely last more than 10 years. Using the digital model we create with CT technology, we will choose the optimal area for placement to ensure your new tooth’s stability. We also have guided surgery software, which then use the measurements we’ve taken to show the oral surgeon exactly where to place the new tooth root. This gives your new tooth a greater chance of success and helps ensure a whole and comfortable new smile!
A Full Smile Once More
Now, once your new tooth is in place and a restoration has been added, you will have a new and lifelike tooth. However, issues such as gum disease could still threaten the stability of your dental implant, as well as other natural teeth. In order to safeguard the jawbone tissue and new tooth roots, we suggest taking time to brush and floss daily and see us for routine exams and cleanings every few months. We want to work with you to help you enjoy a full smile for many years to come. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Have You Lost a Tooth?
If you have a gap in your smile due to tooth loss, then you may need a replacement tooth. For more information on addressing tooth loss, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.