Dental Implants

Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth

Implants in ModelDental implants are replacements for teeth with accompanying hardware, which may include crowns and various types of bridges. For most patients, implants are the most effective long- term solution for replacing cracked or missing teeth. They offer a wonderful aesthetic and functional solution for those who want a healthier and more beautiful smile. They can be used for one tooth, a few teeth, or all of the teeth.

**Below are pictures taken from our X-Nav live surgery video.  You can see the pictures and various steps taken during an X-Nav procedure.

Taking a 3 dimensional image of the patient’s head, a CBCT scan, is critical to determining if there is enough quality bone to place the implant.  

A new CT scan is then taken with the patient wearing the x-clip which appears green on the front of the bottom teeth. The scan is used to precisely plan implant placement.

The first step in planning for placement is to trace the patient’s nerve to be assured it won’t be affected adversely.

Once the implants are virtually inserted they are carefully positioned. the exact diameter and length of implant is determined as well as its exact placement with regards to the depth in the bone, location on the ridge, and angulation. You will notice in this case that positioning is very important due to the proximity to the nerve.

During the live surgery you will notice that the handpiece and bone-ridge are seen virtually on the screen. The doctor is able to use X-Nav Technology as a GPS to position the handpiece at the correct position  to allow for the implant to be placed precisely according to his plan.

Close up of the screen shows the bulls eye placement on the left. The middle panel shows a drill in three dimensions in accordance with our plan and proximal to the nerve.  The color wheel around the hand piece signals the depth of the drill.

This newest X-Nav Technology not only takes out all the guesswork involved in implant planning but also speeds up the treatment process, allows for quicker recovery, and same-day placement.

Are you a good candidate for implants? Almost anyone with missing teeth who possesses good oral and overall health and adequate bone mass in the jaw is a candidate for dental implants. Those who do not have sufficient bone mass can have a procedure called Bone Grafting.

At DC Smiles, we offer both titanium and zirconium dental implants. With local anesthesia and available sedation, the tooth extractions and placement of dental implants are a virtually painless procedure. Prescribed and over-the-counter pain medication keeps discomfort to a minimum after the procedure.

In some cases, extractions and dental implants can be placed in one visit. This can even be done for some patients when bone grafting is required. Read more about Immediate Dental Implants.

Due to today’s advanced technologies, you don’t have to live without teeth!

Implants are advantageous because they prevent bone loss, improve tooth function, and look just like your natural teeth, unlike dentures and removable bridges.

Dental Implant Software Technology

Dental Implant i-CATAt DC Smiles, we use state-of-the-art software for more accurate and predictable treatment planning for dental implants. Anatomage and Invivo software are leaders in 3D diagnosis and treatment planning for implants. This software allows us to make an accurate diagnosis and clearly visualize the patients bone shape and quality to determine if bone grafting is necessary. The technology also gives him a clear rendering of the roots of the teeth and the airway all in high resolution.

The software’s surgical guides eliminate uncertainty for the implant dentist. Guides provide for preparation of the osteotomy (socket that receives the implant) in the optimum locations for implant placement. This can prevent damage to vital structures such as nerves and arteries, and it ensures that the implant fixture is entirely within the bone and at optimal angulation to deliver the best prognosis for longevity of the implant and restoration (i.e., crown).

The surgical guide is placed on the patients jawbone, soft tissue, or teeth, and the doctor uses the guide to prepare osteotomies for the implants. Then, when the doctor places the implants into the prepared osteotomies, he removes the surgical guide. The surgical drill guides are custom made for each patient to ensure an optimum fit.

The main feature of this technology concerns the planning. We can plan the placement of the implants, considering not only the existing anatomy, but also the ideal aesthetic positioning. When he looks at the concerted CT in the software program, it provides him with the ability to visualize the bone in different positions. In some cases, it also allows the surgery to be done without flaps so that he can perform the implant surgery and place the implants without the need for sutures. This reduces the risk of inflammation, bruising, and pain.

The use of this dental implant planning software assist our doctors in providing his patients with the safest, fastest, and best possible care and service.

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Patient Review from Linh M

Dc smiles has been my go to for all my dental care since 2006 and I couldn't have been happier. Dr. Singer and his team has always taken a great care of me. They take their time to talk to me about my dental care and need.

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I have a LOT of dental work - implants, crowns, bridges, and Dr. Singer is the only person who I feel comfortable working in my mouth. He is so brilliant and confident. I feel good about his staff because of how competent that he is and I know that he wouldn't have anything less working in his business. I can't say enough good about Dr. Singer and his staff. As much as work that I've had done on my mouth, one would think that going to a dentist should come easy but I am still scared to death but Dr. Singer makes me feel so comfortable because I know that he is one of the BEST in his business. Thanks Dr. Singer for all of the compliments that I get on my smile. A common phrase from my friends "who is your dentist"? ;o)

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Literally saved my smile. My teeth are a huge deal to me and they saved my smile!!!

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Thank you Dr. Singer and staff for the high quality service and attention to detail.

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