Technology is so deeply ingrained in our lives that we may take for granted how much it has changed everything around us.
In the past 25 years, the Internet has become a regular part of how we learn about and communicate with the world. Digital files have made it easier than ever to share photos of our children and grandchildren.
It’s even possible to print things in three dimensions.
Coincidentally, North Shore Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery opened 25 years ago. As technology has improved our lives, it’s also changed oral surgery.
And dental implants are one of the best examples of how technology has improved modern dentistry.
Technology In Action
Technology plays a significant role in our practice.
One example of that is cone beam scanning. Cone beam imaging was built on the work that developed CAT scans in the 1970s, according to an article published on the Dentistry IQ website.
The cone beam imaging is more compact than at CAT scan, and the cone beam machine uses minimal radiation. The end result is we can see three-dimensional images of our patients’ teeth.
This has allowed us to diagnose and treat oral health problems on a much higher level than ever before.
For instance, our dental team can use those 3D images to conduct a “virtual surgery”. If you are scheduled to receive dental implants, we can plan every detail on a computer before you ever sit down in the chair.
As a result, our implant placement is more accurate than ever. That means you get a good-fitting implant that looks, acts, and feels more natural and secure.
Types Of Implants
When Dr. Frank started his practice, he set out to become a “specialized specialist”. As a result, 95 percent of our patients receive advanced dental implant procedures and extractions.
Whether you need or want to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, we offer solutions to give you a complete smile.
Our traditional dental implants start with the cone beam scan mentioned above. Those images and impressions of your teeth allow us to plan your implants to fit perfectly inside your mouth.
The virtual imaging also allows our surgeon to see exactly what he’ll find, such as bones and nerves that he may need to work around. (It’s kind of like calling JULIE before digging in your backyard to make sure you don’t hit something you shouldn’t.)
Of course, the implants are the result of advancements in dental technology.
Modern dental implants are made with a titanium screw. This screw replaces the root of your tooth and sits inside your jawbone. The abutment placed on the end of the implant can be used to secure crowns and bridges that look and act just like natural teeth.
These implants are long-lasting and remain securely in your mouth. The titanium implants also fuse with your jawbone. This protects and preserves the healthy bone that holds your remaining teeth in place.
Smaller, Faster Implants
Traditional implants are only one option we have for patients.
Do you or someone you love have dentures? Would you prefer something more secure?
Maybe you’ve looked at implants but need something sooner than is possible with traditional implants. Maybe you have a special event coming up, or maybe you just prefer the convenience of a one-day procedure.
Refresh Smile, our All on 4 mini dental implants, provide another option. These implants are smaller than traditional implants, which means the procedure to place them is much faster.
Typically, patients who choose Refresh Smile will have a 4- to 8-hour procedure. That means in just one office visit, you can have a whiter smile. You’ll also have more confidence when eating and talking.
Like traditional implants, these are secured in your jawbone, not held on by an adhesive like most dentures.
Because this procedure involves smaller implants, you’ll also find your recovery time is faster, and you are less likely to experience discomfort after they are put in place.
See For Yourself
We want to show you how a combination of experience, technology, and concern for our patients can create a new level of care for you.
If you live in the north Chicago area and you need dental implants or any kind of oral surgery, stop by North Shore Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 1411 McHenry Rd., Suite 127, in Buffalo Grove or call us at (847) 613-4933 to set up an appointment.