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Dental Implants – The What, the Why, and the How

There are a lot of misconceptions about dental implants. One of the most common is that it’s a painful process to undergo. This makes it much more difficult for many to go and get expert dental help. As professional emergency dentists in Auckland, we’re here to tell you that dental implant surgeries cause little to no pain for patients.

To deal with this common fear, it’s best to get adequate knowledge of the process, and discuss the procedure with reputable dentists. Here’s what you need to know about dental implants, and how we do them!

What are dental implants?

When you’re missing teeth, dental implants act as replacements that look, feel, and function like a real tooth. They are surgical fixtures placed into the jawbone. These fixtures fuse with the bone over a few months, becoming the foundation of your new replacement teeth.

Why are they necessary?

Dental implants are primarily used to replace a missing single tooth, several teeth, or even all your teeth. The goal of teeth replacement in general dentistry is to restore both function and aesthetics of your teeth. One of the advantages of dental implant procedures is that implants can replace your missing teeth without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth. Plus, dental implants have the ability to integrate into your own bone structure, making it very stable and function as if they’re your own natural teeth.

How is the procedure of dental implants performed?

At Confidental, we are gentle dentists who use advanced methods to make dental implant procedures quick and painless for you. We examine the area for the dental implant, and make a clinical assessment as to whether you’re a suitable candidate for a dental implant.

CBCT Technology

For accurate placement of dental implants, we rely on a technology called Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT. CBCT is a special x-ray machine that we use to produce 3-D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bones, all through a single scan. The CBCT scan is a painless x-ray procedure and requires no special preparation and can be completed as quickly as 40 seconds.

All you need to do is to sit on the exam chair, and we position the beam. You will be asked to remain still while the x-ray revolves around you on a 360-degree rotation to complete the full mouth x-ray.

After the CBCT is done, we will analyse the images, and plan your case using computer guided surgery. The process of guided implant surgery enables us to place dental implants without making incisions. Instead, we place them using “keyhole” surgery, which is safer, more predictable, faster, and more precise.

Keyhole dental implant surgery

Keyhole dental implant surgery is minimally invasive and can be performed using local anaesthesia and requires no stitches. Through this process, we can reduce time in the surgery room, and allow you to have a much quicker recovery with the least amount of post-surgery discomfort possible.

Lose the fear and gain your confidence today!

Thanks to advanced technology, you now have the option of a less invasive dental implant procedure, compared to traditional procedures. Our safe processes can significantly reduce your anxieties. At Confidental, we make sure to provide you with custom solutions for your new teeth using the most advanced implant technology available! Want to know if you’re a good candidate? Enquire today!