The dental implant was a huge step forward in the science of modern dentistry. Previously, when you lost a tooth (or teeth) your options for replacement were bridges or dentures. While bridges and dentures can replace missing teeth from a cosmetic standpoint, they do not have quite the same functional abilities because they aren’t anchored into your jaw.
–Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges
Dental implants act like the anchoring root structure of natural teeth and replicate the functional strength of real teeth. You can think of dental implants as titanium tooth roots – that’s strong!
Did You Know? Dental implants only replace the tooth roots and are not visible once placed.
But a dental implants is only half of the process of replacing your missing tooth. After the implant is placed there is always a follow-up restoration of either a crown or bridge that is locked onto the top of the implant.
A critical variable in the success of dental implant procedures is ensuring that the implant is placed in exactly the right position. A dental implant placed by dentists who only use traditional 2-D x-ray have limited ability to assess the thickness of the tooth, the location of the nerves, and the orientation of the tooth in all dimensions and axis. These limitations have the potential to compromise implant placement accuracy and is one reason many dentists choose not to do dental implant procedures.
Our 3D cone beam x-ray gives Dr. Harker and Dr. Crump the ability to see the tooth from every angle in three dimension.
Having this technology in our office gives you peace of mind knowing our doctors have all the information possible to ensure your dental implant procedure is a success.