CAD/CAM Guided Surgery
As a rapidly developing field that benefits highly from the assistance of enhanced video devices for use in their offices, dentists everywhere are finding new ways to take these revolutionary discoveries and adapt it to work with the level of care they can provide their patients. It should be no surprise, in this modern-day and age, to learn that many specialists advocate the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, for guided dental implantation. Periodontal Associates is excited to be able to tell you all about it!
How Image Technology Works for You
With digital upgrades emerging quickly and existing as an irreplaceable asset in nearly every profession, it can be much easier to provide detailed dental reports in a matter of moments through the use of the internet. IGS, or image-guided surgery, is when the surgeon combines the use of tools and images to enhance the ability to perform the procedure. Generally, the process is designed to be live to aid in the application.
The benefits are nothing short of incredible, as not only is the doctor able to have ample control and greater accuracy over the operation, but also reduce the amount of unnecessary trauma to the facial tissues. Implants are placed with greater precision, which allows for fewer complications later on. Guided surgery ensures the probability of a safer, more predictable treatment process and can remove much stress by presenting the patient with a reassuring possible outcome.
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
In general, the hardest decision for a specialist to make when it comes to dental implants is whether to do it with the guides or without. While it is fully capable of being done well, either way, the perks of using a guide lead to less structural damage when drilling and inserting the posts. It also ensures a more skillful precision through an already exemplary professional. Although it can be assured that either process is likely to yield excellent results, the surgeon will need to be competent in their skill as the steps necessary for guided imaging are significantly more than alternative methods and could require extra effort or time to complete the treatment.
In the initial step for creating a guide, the information must first be submitted so the data can be evaluated and then designed based off where dental rods should likely be placed. There are three areas within the mouth that may be considered for support as it comes to inserting the guide. If it is tooth-supported, then it is almost guaranteed that any remaining teeth could be implemented for use as an anchor. For mucosa-supported guides, then the foundation will be incorporated into the soft tissues, such as the gums for greater security. If it is decided it will be bone-supported, then, of course, it will be connected to something calcified, such as the jaw.
One of the most appealing things about receiving guided surgery is that when combined with other modern scientific advancements, it reduces the need for unnecessary cutting. Before, it was likely the gum would need to be opened and thoroughly inspected before an adequate route could be determined. Through 3D imaging and instant video enhancements, we can see the best path towards optimal care for you without having to make a single incision. With the added quality of guided implants, it can ultimately serve as a strong preventative measure against unwanted irritation of the site and reducing the risk of infection.
If the idea of minimal operations and less recovery time seems like an excellent option for you, please call the office at Periodontal Associates at (971) 317-8414 for more information on the subject or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.