Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Frank Orlando is a two-time University of Michigan graduate. He obtained his BS (bachelors of science) with high honors in psychology in 2001 and then went on earn his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree in 2005, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. Immediately following... more
Precision-guided dental implant placement represents a giant step forward in the replacement of teeth with dental implants. Using Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) and 3D CAD/CAM (computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing) technology, dentists can now visualize the placement of dental implants in three dimensions and view the final outcome of your case, before doing any invasive procedures. This eliminates the guesswork involved in determining what parts of the jawbone offer the best sites for dental implant placement. It also allows dentists to achieve maximum esthetics and function in the permanent restoration. Precision-guided implant placement provides greater patient satisfaction and simplifies the dental implant treatment process.
This Treatment Will Benefit Patients Who:
- Are missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay
- Are frustrated with a loose or poor-fitting full or partial denture
- Have had extensive periodontal surgeries and would like an alternative to additional surgical procedures
Precision-guided implant placement can be an ideal solution for patients of any age. The procedure can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or for complete smile restoration.
The determining factor for implant placement is often the amount of available bone. A CBCT scan, which produces a 3D image of the jaw and maxilla, will tell the dentist if you are a candidate for precision-guided surgery. Dentists can use the 3D scan to evaluate if there is enough bone – both quality and quantity - to support the dental implants and the general health of the jaw and maxilla. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant(s) along with healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal disease.
The Treatment Plan
Using advanced 3D computer-aided design software, your dentist will create missing teeth and will superimpose them over the CBCT scan. Designing the final outcome of your case in the software enables the dentist to determine the most optimal location in the bone for your implants. A detailed treatment plan for your procedure will be presented. This technology offers the highest level of precision and accuracy for successful implant placement and final restoration.
The implant placement appointment usually takes about 2 hours. During the procedure, the dentist will place the implants with a custom made guide that fits over your existing teeth. The guide enables the dentist to place the implants in the exact location selected in the planning phase. After the implant placement, you will have new implants to replace your missing roots that will eventually support new crowns in your mouth
Benefits of Guided Surgery
Precision - Accuracy - Success - Safety
This revolutionary approach to dental implant placement offers a more accurate and safer positioning of dental implants, which allows safer surgery, faster healing, and better long-term success.
This technology enables dentists to get an advanced, detailed look at the interior sections of the jawbone, surrounding tissue, and the nerves. These CBCT scan machines are the same as those used to aid surgeons in joint replacement procedures. Your benefits include:
- Flapless Procedure (no incision and no sutures)
- Surgery takes about 2 hours (less time = less trauma)
- Highly accurate procedure
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Minimal Swelling / Pain
- Go to work the following day
- Fewer dental visits
- Less discomfort and Faster Healing