Planning Your Full Arch Restoration Treatment
Something you may not be aware of is that oral surgeons do much more than pull wisdom teeth!
Placing dental implants is a procedure that is commonly done by an oral surgeon. Louisville residents interested in learning more should reach out to Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center to learn more about our state of the art technology that makes dental implants a smooth process.
Implants can be as simple are replacing one tooth or as complex as doing a full arch restoration.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are sterile titanium posts, which are surgically placed in a precise location within the bone, much like a natural tooth. The implant has an attachment (called an “abutment”) that extends out of the gums, to support a fixed restoration.
A dental restoration would be something like a crown (or bridge) and a replication of a tooth. The crown adheres permanently over the implant and its abutment. They are milled from a durable material and custom fabricated. This allows them to be made in an endless variety of shapes and sizes, which is most important when replacing front teeth since they show when you speak and smile.
What is Full Arch Restoration and/or Full Arch Reconstruction?
If doing a full arch restoration, you'll want your new smile to compliment your facial structure and be a specific shape and color. If it'll be replacing a single tooth near natural teeth, then you'll want it to match the others, so everything looks uniform.
Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center uses a state of the art CT scanner to view a 3-Dimensional image of your jaw bone. This is much more accurate than the usual 2D imaging used in a standard dental practice.
To digitally plan your oral surgery, Louisville oral surgeon Dr. Curtis Hayes will first study the scan, inspecting and measuring your bone to determine how many, and what size implants can be placed.
A 3D printed guide of your arch shows where the implants should be inserted, ensuring the most accurate and efficient placement possible. Digitally mapped implants are more successful and tend to heal much quicker after surgery.
As we discuss your treatment options, we'll ensure you fully understand everything that will take place from start to finish. We'll also discuss financial options with you, taking into account any dental insurance coverage that you have to minimize your out of pocket costs. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Once you’re ready to proceed, we’ll schedule your procedure.
What to Expect on the Big Day
For your comfort during your time in our office, oral surgeon, Louisville expert Dr. Curt Hayes and our highly trained staff will provide you with IV sedation.
Dr. Hayes will place the 3D printed guide over your arch, showing him exactly where the implants should be inserted.
The best part is that whenever possible, you will leave the office that same day with new teeth!
You’re One Phone Call Away From a New Smile
If the full arch restoration process sounds appealing and you’d like more information regarding implant oral surgery, Louisville specialist Dr. Curt Hayes can evaluate your condition and give you appropriate recommendations. Call Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center today to get started!