Properly placing implants in a patient's jaw is a complicated procedure. There are a lot of things that the dental implant dentist must consider before rushing into dental implant surgery. It is not uncommon for a dental implant to be incorrectly placed into an area where the dental implant can not be restored. Remember, dental implant patients do not come to a dental office for dental implants, dental implant patients come for teeth, teeth that look good and teeth that can chew and of course, it is important to evaluate the condition of the surviving natural teeth that a dental implant has.
The surgical placement of dental implants must be planned based on what a patient wants to achieve. In most cases, a dental implant should be placed directly under where the final tooth will be constructed.
A careful dental implant dentist will make wax models of the final result he is trying to achieve. These wax models are called diagnostic wax ups and they help plan where the dental implants should be placed and where the dental implant crowns will look the best. In fact, the dental implant dentist can make a plastic surgical guide to assist him in marking the jaw bone exactly where he wants the dental implants to go. Unfortunately, many dental implant dentists just guestimate the placement of their dental implants and this can result in misplacement.
As a dental implant patient, you deserve the best. You deserve excellent dental implant treatment planning to improve the chances that everything will go well with your dental implants. Good dental implant treatment planning involves taking x-rays ( panoramic ) and sometimes CAT scans to create a virtual computer model of you ( Simplant ). The dental implant dentist can then do virtual surgery on you in his computer before he ever touches you! This helps shorten your dental implant surgery and can help improve the results that you and your dental implant dentist want.
Rome was not built in a day and a human body needs time to grow and heal. Be patient. Planning and placing dental implants properly often takes many months to get the kind of results that most dental implant patients want.
If you are interested in having dental implants placed to help restore your mouth then please consider scheduling a dental implant consultation by calling 404-874-7428. If you are visiting Atlanta from out of town, our receptionist can assist you in making hotel and transportation arrangements.