Dental implants consist of a titanium base that is placed in the jaw bone, an attachment piece, and a custom crown. The base must be placed at a very precise angle. CBCT can help Dr. Rice determine the angle and can also help him determine if the underlying bone is healthy enough to support the implant structure. After placement, the bone must be allowed to heal around the implant for a period of time. Then, the attachment piece is added, and the dental crown is fixed to the implant. The crown is designed to blend in perfectly with the patientís natural tooth.
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement solution because they function and look like a natural tooth. Because the implant makes contact with the bone, it can stimulate the bone and encourage it to maintain a healthy level of density. In this way it functions just like the roots of a natural tooth. When cared for properly, dental implants placed by DC periodontist Dr.
CBCT has found an important use in implant dentistry. It allows Dr. Rice to see the location of nerve structures so that he can avoid them and cause the patient as little discomfort as possible during and after surgery. CBCT works faster than traditional dental x-rays and thus exposes the patient to less radiation.
For more information about the application of cone beam imaging technology for dental implant surgery, visit http://www.advancedgumsurgery.com.
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