Every year, an average of 80 million teeth are extracted across the country. Whether you suffer from an accident, disease or have an overcrowded mouth, extraction is often an option that patients choose. However, extraction in and of itself is not the complete answer. Finding a way to replace the missing tooth is vital. That’s why at W. Eric Martin’s dental practice we offer guided dental implant surgery in Champaign, IL. This procedure not only offers a way to replace missing teeth, it also uses state-of-the-art technology for extremely accurate surgery.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the ideal procedure for tooth replacement. Rather than resting on top of the gum-line and only replacing the visible part of the teeth, dental implants replace the entire tooth structure. Including the root! This procedure relies on a titanium implant that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This implant acts as the root of the tooth and a prosthetic tooth is attached to the end. The procedure is accurate, stable and long lasting.
Dental implants consist of three different parts: the implant, abutment and crown.
- The implant is what replaces the root of the tooth. It is shaped like a screw and inserted into the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone naturally fuses with the implant. This process, called osseointegration, takes anywhere from two to four months.
- The abutment is the structure at the tip of the implant that juts over the gum-line. This is where the prosthetic tooth is attached.
- The crown is the prosthetic tooth that is attached to the abutment. The crown can be made from a variety of different materials. It is carefully designed to match the shade and shape of the surrounding teeth for a natural look.
Guided Dental Implant Surgery in Champaign, IL
At Dr. W. Eric Martin’s office, we offer guided dental implant surgery in Champaign, IL. This procedure is the placement of dental implants using advanced technology. CEREC® and 3D Cone Beam technology is used to help the dentist place the implant quickly, safely and accurately.
First, our dentist scans your oral structures using our cone beam scanner. Then, our CEREC® computer creates a unique 3D image of your mouth. With this image, our dentist can see exactly where the implant should be inserted for the best results. This increases the accuracy since the dentist does not rely solely on his own abilities. Using guided dental implant surgery decreases healing time, improves results and cuts down on the time it takes to complete the surgery.
For more information on how you can benefit from our guided dental implant surgery in Champaign, IL visit us at our office or call us today to schedule your consultation at (217) 352-7077(217) 352-7077.
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