Missing teeth can cause a variety of difficulties, from cosmetic appearance, impaired eating and speaking, to shifting of the remaining teeth. Whether one tooth is missing or all teeth are unsalvageable, dental implants are a strong, long-lasting tooth replacement option. Dental implants consist of a synthetic tooth root, frequently made of titanium, on top of which a dental implant crown(replacement tooth) is attached. In addition to replacing missing teeth, implants can also be used to secure removable appliances, such as bridges, dentures, and partials. Dental implants are the ideal solution to replace missing teeth because they look, feel and function just like a natural tooth.
The placement of dental implants is a very precise procedure. In order to guarantee the accuracy needed, Dr. Stan Crawford often uses a 3-D scan acquired by the Sirona Galileos Scanner, to virtually place the implant before the patient comes into the office for the actual procedure. Once Dr. Crawford has virtually planned the implant surgery, a surgical guide or template is fabricated in our lab, which will then be used at the implant surgery and placement appointment. The customized guide allows the doctor to insert the implant at exactly the right angle and depth needed. Therefore, the use of the surgical guide reduces the chance of the implant failing, and aids in a faster recovery for the patient.
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