There are different ways to get dental implants. The older, more common approach, usually involves multiple dentists and surgeons, multiple locations, multiple bills, and a lengthy time frame. First the patient goes to their dentist and is then referred to an oral surgeon for a consultation. Then they go to a specialized imaging lab or Radiologist to get 3D CBCT scans for the for the evaluation of available bone. These images are sent to oral surgeon for implant planning, & he subsequently re-appoints the patient for implant placement. After the implant are placed, the patient then goes back to the dentist for his temporary (healing) restoration. After the implants have healed (integrated with bone), the patient then goes to the dentist or prosthodontist for the final restoration to be made. The entire process can take from 9 months to more than a year.
Today's technology can make things much easier for patients. We use current technology to facilitate minimally invasive dental implant placement techniques, and digital virtual planning to idealize the implant position for the intended restoration (implant crown or bridge). This means virtually no post-op bleeding, bruising, swelling, stitches or discomfort. Temporary restorations are made immediately.
Patients also save time through fewer visits, which means that they can also save money. Minimally invasive procedure means that patient can return to work or play sooner (often as soon the next day).
All of the procedures (3D imaging, virtual implant planning, surgical guide design & manufacture, computer-guided implant placements and digital design & manufacture of all restorations) are completed in our treatment facility.