American Board Certified Prosthodontist

Dental Implant In a Minimally Invasive Way

Minimally invasive dental implant

Ms. L was a world champion in her sports field, but she is a little afraid of dental procedures, due to her previous uncomfortable experience with dentistry.

In order to provide uncompromised dental care to Ms. L while in the most comfortable way, Dr. Qing used computer-guided surgery technique to surgically pre-plan the procedure and fabricate the surgical guide ( Figure 1).

 

The dental implant surgical guide was tried in the mouth to ensure accuracy and precision. 

 

Then the dental implant surgery took less than 5 minutes to successfully carry out the plan. An immediate post-op picture showed that no bleeding, no cutting, no swelling. Ms. L felt comfortable and was very happy about the whole painless process.

Pros and Cons of Computer-guided surgeries.

Pros:

1. Minimal invasive, no need for cutting and stitching.

2. Implants are predesigned and well thought of, the position of the implant is usually very good for future restoration.

3. It makes the procedure fast. Averagely one dental implant takes about 5 minutes.

Cons:

1. Requires precision from beginning to the end

2. Requires enough mouth opening from the patients.

3. Extra cost

4. Lost some attached gingivae.

Author
Portrait Hai Qing HAI QING, DMD, Ph.D., Board Cert Prosthodontist Private practice at New Britain, PA 18901 Adjunct clinical assistant professor teaching Advanced Prosthodontics Program at Upenn Dental Medicine.

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