Have you ever noticed how a person's face lights up when they flash you a dazzling smile? What's the first thing you notice? Their teeth! 

Your smile is important –it's important to your overall confidence as well as how you feel others perceive you. And when your teeth look great you feel great. Your "inner smile" shines through.  

Your teeth play an important role in your overall well-being; they can impact such things as self-esteem, self-confidence, and social life as well as your physical and mental health. If you are missing teeth due to gum disease, severe tooth decay, a failed root canal or even trauma, when you've lost a tooth you become very self-conscious.

But advances in dental technology have done a tremendous job helping us regain our smiles and our confidence. Dental implant surgery is now feasible for many who may not have known they had this option. 

 

Dental Implant Surgery  

There are two types of dental implant surgical procedures. One is referred to as freehand or non-guided dental implant surgery and the second one is referred to as computer-guided dental implant surgery. 

 

Non-Guided (Freehand)Dental Implant Surgery 

The bone density available for implant placement will be assessed by performing an intra-oral examination to get bone sounding, a test that is a good indicator of the height and thickness of the bone ridge. 

Dr. Tyler only performs the computer-guided method of dental implants surgery in select situations, specifically to lower implants for implant-retained complete dentures.

 

Computer-Guided Dental Implant Surgery

Collecting data required for guided surgery may require multiple appointments. The implant posts are surgically placed below the gums and fuse to the jawbone, serving as a base and offering stability for bridges, individual replacement teeth, or a denture.

First, a 3D scan of your mouth is performed and used to create a virtual surgery simulation. This is where 3D scans are overlaid on models of your mouth and Dr. Tyler will be able to simulate the surgical procedure of the implant. The software then translates this information to create a computer-generated surgical guide to assist him with the precise placement of the implants. The implants are typically made of titanium or other similar materials that are well suited for the human body.

Computer guidance is especially helpful in cases where a freehand procedure may not provide the intended results.  A guided procedure also assists in identifying the exact location of vital structures including tooth roots, nerves, sinuses, and bone. In cases where all the teeth in the dental arch are missing a guided procedure helps the surgeon understand where the planned restoration will be located.  

Guided procedures offer several benefits compared to freehand implants. These types of procedures often result in less post-surgical bruising, swelling, pain, and discomfort. Additionally, they typically require smaller incisions, which means a speedier recovery. 

 

Prosthodontics 

Having earned his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Dental Sciences, Dr. Tyler is a Certified Prosthodontist, as well as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT), and has specialized in prosthodontics for over 13 years. Dr. Tyler's experience in all procedures orthodontic and prosthodontic make him a leading expert in his field.

Dental implants are the most realistic tooth replacements available; whether you need replacement, restoration, reconstruction, revitalization or reclamation services, Dr. Tyler's expertise will have you showing off that new smile in no time.   

 

Make Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry your dental office of choice and you too can benefit from the state-of-the-art approach as well as Dr. Tyler's compassionate and informative treatment plans.  Call Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry today to set up your next appointment and start receiving the best-in-class service you deserve.