Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces a missing or heavily diseased tooth. The procedure replaces the tooth and its roots with a stable, metal post, called an implant, that is then topped with a toothlike crown. The procedure is time-consuming and sometimes invasive. The patient’s tooth is surgically removed as well as the tooth’s roots, under the gumline. A bone graft of the jaw is often required if the patient has reduced bone density in their jaw bone. Several months of healing after the surgery are normal. The crowns are not placed until after the gums and jawbone have properly healed.
Guided Implant Surgery
Guided dental implant surgery is when the dentist utilizes advanced machinery and imaging technology to “guide” or aid them to manufacture and place dental implants more efficiently, precisely and accurately. Computer guided implant surgery is significantly quicker, oftentimes resulting in the patient getting his or her new teeth on a single dental office visit.