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Treatment Techniques

Immediate Placement

Where possible, particularly in the case of a single tooth being replaced with an implant, the implant will be placed at the same time as the tooth is removed. The advantages of this are that only one surgical procedure is required, cost is reduced, and also immediate placement will often prevent some or all of the bone loss that commonly occurs following tooth removal.


Immediate Loading

In suitable cases, particularly where immediate implant placement of a front tooth is planned, it may be possible to have a temporary crown placed on the implant on the same day. This would avoid the necessity of having to wear a partial denture replacing the front tooth for the next three months.


Computer Guided Implant Placement

Sophisticated computer software programs are now available that allow very precise planning for implant placement, utilising data from the pre-operative CT scan. This planning can then be further used to guide manufacture of a very precise guide plate to be worn in the mouth while the implants are being placed. Apart from making precise implant placement possible, this technique usually shortens surgery time considerably.