Using 3D Technology to Guide Implant Surgery

When left unaddressed, tooth loss can dramatically impact your oral health as well as your smile’s appearance. When replacing those lost teeth, however, the treatment you choose and how it’s performed also matter greatly to your oral health. In many cases, dental implants are the most beneficial treatment, and because they’re designed to support your replacement teeth, their precise positioning and placement are paramount. For optimal results, we often utilize advanced 3D imaging technology to create a surgical guide for implant placement. By mapping out your smile and your implant procedure digitally, we can ensure accuracy and precision with every dental implant we place.

Why Precision Matters

As small, biocompatible posts, dental implants are essentially prosthetic replacements for your lost teeth roots. However, a single implant post isn’t specifically made to replace a single tooth root. On the contrary, implant posts are designed and placed in tactical positions to absorb a maximum amount your bite’s pressure. This means even if you require a bridge or partial denture to replace several lost teeth, you may only need one or a couple of implant posts to support it. This support relies not only on the implant post’s construction, but also its position and angle within your jawbone. If the placement is off, then the implant may have to be taken out and replaced to succeed.

How 3D Guided Implant Surgery Works

Before planning your implant placement, we can take highly detailed digital images of your teeth, jawbones, and oral structures from many angles. This creates a complete digital model of your teeth and dental ridges which can be manipulated, allowing us to create simulations of your replacement teeth and implant posts. The measurements and simulations are used to create a comfortable acrylic surgical guide that directs the angles and placement of your implants according to the digital model. With the help of the guide, implant placement is a faster, more comfortable, and significantly more accurate process.

Learn More About Guided Implant Placement

Precision always matters in your dental care. But, when placing dental implants, it’s especially important, which is why we utilize 3D guided implant surgery to ensure optimal results every time. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.