CT Guided Implant Placement, Cupertino

Dental implants typically require extensive planning by the surgeon and your general dentist.  Is most cases, using a combination of the clinical examination and careful review of your traditional 2-D dental images, i.e. panorex or PA, we are able to gather the majority of the needed information.  However in some circumstances, these 2-D images may not be sufficient.  This is where 3-D imaging is revolutionizing the treatment of dental implants.

At our San Francisco office we are one of the first offices in Silicon Valley to utilize the use of a combination 2-D / 3-D machine:  The VaTech Reve-3D.  This allows us to only obtain the 3-D imaging when needed, reducing your exposure to unnecessary RADs.

CT scanner

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The 3-D images are then used to determine the safest location for the placement of the dental implant.  By having this information prior to surgery we are now able to plug this information into the latest innovation in implant treatment planning: Anatomage.  Using this software we are able to fabricate a surgical guide that will allow us to place the implant with proper surgical planning, down to 0.5mm! This helps to avoid any surprises during the procedure.

This is what we mean by “CT-guided Implant Placement”.  The 3D imaging actually allows the procedure to be “performed” in advance of your surgery.  A 3-D CT is obtained in our office, then using Anatomage we are able to place the implant or implants within the 3D mock-up of your dentition in the safest and most ideal positions.  These implant positions can be shared in advance with your general dentist so that treatment is ideal.

CT scan of jaw

For a single implant placement, this procedure can take less than one hour.  This is where planning on our end, helps to save you time.  Typically there are no incisions or sutures, leading to less post-operative swelling and discomfort.  Most patients only take pain medication for the first few days, although you may be on short-course of antibiotics afterwards.

This state-of-the-art technology can be used for in patients needing 1 implant or 10 implants, in a full mouth rehabilitation case.