How Technology is Changing Dental Implant Placement

Dental Implants West Hollywood

Technology is helping dental and oral health clinicians provide faster, more accurate, and well-rounded treatment to their patients. The dental world is undergoing major changes thanks to advancements in new technology. When dental implants were invented by a Swedish medical researcher in 1952, the procedure was considered a modern-day miracle. Now, seven decades later we’re experiencing another massive breakthrough in the form of digitally guided implants. With the right tools, dentists can virtually diagnose and treat cases before ever touching the patient. This lessens the margin for unexpected errors and outcomes during surgery. Dentist can design and print surgical guides from their office or outsource it to a dental laboratory.

CAD/CAM restorations are becoming the norm, making patient care simpler and faster than ever before. With the help of surgical guides, digital impressions, and 3D models, treatment plans can be catered specifically to the patient and executed efficiently and accurately.

Surgical Guides

Surgical guides are the latest advancement in dental implant technology. A surgical guide is created by taking impressions of the desired surgical implant site as well as a computer-guided 3D implant planning system. A surgical guide replicates the exact surfaces of the patient’s intraoral setting and assists the surgeon to drill implants into the bone with optimal accuracy. Upon placement on the patient’s jaw, the surgical guide uses sleeves to help guide the surgical instruments and implant to the proper location.

One of the main advantages of utilizing a surgical guide is increased accuracy. This not only reduces surgery time, but reduces trauma, pain, and swelling for patients. In turn, it leads to a shorter recovery time for patients. Additionally, it promotes consistent optimal implant placement, resulting in predictable patient care.

Digital Dental Impressions

A digital impression is a virtual scan that creates a map of your teeth. This digital map allows dentists to view patient’s teeth on a computer screen rather than using a mirror, taking a mold, or looking at an X-ray, which are the traditional methods. A digital impression can be captured by a series of digital photographs or by a digital video. Both methods capture precise measurements in the mouth and send numerous small images that are immediately stitched together by the digital impression machine’s software to form a precise map of your mouth. Most of the time patients can view these images on a chair-side monitor.

For patients, the advantages of using digital impressions outweigh traditional methods. This new technology provides increased accuracy, efficiency, and productivity for patients. Additionally, it makes it possible for dentists to scan or email the virtual impressions to the laboratory, rather than having to send traditional impressions by mail.

These technological advances have streamlined patient treatment and care within the dental industry and we at OF Dental Care are proud to offer such services to our patients. For further information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Farahmand, DMD, leading dentist in West Hollywood, please call OF Dental Care at 310.273.3650 or visit to learn more.

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