IMMEDIATE PLACEMENT and FUNCTION is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in a single procedure that takes several hours. This technology was developed by Nobel Biocare and utilizes collaboration between both the prosthodontist and the oral surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. . The computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient in that there is less postoperative discomfort, less swelling, and less bruising. Patients can often resume their normal activities the next day.
The process begins when a Cone Beam CT scan is taken of the patient’s jaw bone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jaw bone that can then be used with virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are a more accurate implant placement and less chair time for the patient.