If you are looking for a qualified dentist who can place dental implants, there are two basic approaches available for the surgery: conventional and computer-guided. The conventional process is more time-intensive and requires multiple incisions. The advent of computer-guided implant placement now allows Dr. Norman Medina to use advanced imaging and digital screens to clearly map out your jawbone.
“Digital dentistry is an exciting time,” Dr. Medina said about the new technology. “In the old days when doing implants, you would shoot from the hip. With the aid of computers, we can plan the whole procedure beforehand. Check out the yellow surgical guide — zip zip. Implants are right where we want them. Seasons of Smiles Dental is [proud to be] a digital office.”
If you are seeking dental implants in the Camden, Maine area, our dentist has more than 20 years of experience. He proudly uses digital imaging because the computer-guided technology delivers better results while lowering your risk for complications.
Understanding Guided Implant Surgery
The advent of digital three-dimensional imaging has transformed implant surgery by giving doctors a detailed, 3D-rendered image of a patient’s jawbone. This 3D image gives a visual representation of the availability of bone, which aids in the decision process of where to place dental implants. The imaging process typically makes use of digital impressions and a dental CT, which are then combined to render a surgical guide. The guide can be fitted over the dental arch during the dental implant surgery, allowing the dentist to see exactly where the implants need to go.
The same imaging technology that allows Dr. Medina to view the surgical placement site can be used to help a trusted laboratory manufacture prosthetics.
Benefits of Computer-Guided Implant Placement Over Conventional Surgery
Many dentists remain slow to adopt new dental technology. Doctors who still practice the traditional approach to placing dental implants often require more time to complete the procedure. Unguided surgeries often require more incisions, which means longer recovery time for patients after surgery. Conventional implant surgery often involves exposing the implant site via an incision and flap.
The advent of 3D imaging and computer-guided implants can mean smaller incisions for patients. Rather than requiring extensive amounts of gum tissue to be removed, a guide can be placed over the implant site. Placement of the implant can be performed using a computer as the guide.
Computer-guided implant technology allows for better and more accurate placement of the implant. Digital screens allow your doctor to see bone and tissue clearly. One benefit of computer-guided technology is that it allows for precise placement of the implants. Traditional implant placements are safe but offer greater risk due to the lack of precise anatomical references.
Detailed treatment planning can lead to more predictable results while eliminating the risk of complications. With all the benefits of computer-guided imaging, it’s surprising that most implant surgeries are still performed without the aid of a computer guide.
Learn More about Computer-Guided Implant Placement
Whether you are undergoing cosmetic treatments or emergency dentistry, you can trust that Dr. Medina and our staff use advanced digital technology. If you are ready to experience a different type of dentistry, one that employs the latest in dental technology, then please contact our Camden, ME office online or call (207) 236-4740. We are always welcoming new patients.
Shauna Duty has owned two marketing companies, both focused on dental websites and online marketing. Currently, she owns and manages iDENTiwrite, working directly with clients, employees, and contractors.
Shauna has written over one thousand dental websites, articles, and blog posts for dentists in the USA and Canada, and she was Editor-in-Chief for one of the most popular websites for dentists–DentalBlogs.com. Her expertise in dental marketing has been honed over years of interviewing, studying, and writing about the biggest names, products, technology, and procedures in the dental field. Her articles on dental marketing and blogging have been published on many websites, including Dental Products Report and Modern Hygienist. Most recently, Shauna’s chapter on reputation management for dentists was featured in ADA Practical Guide to Internet Marketing.