We are very happy to announce that we can now offer dental implant placement at our office in Watauga. In order to safely place dental implants it is important to view the jaws in 3-D. Typical dental x-rays only show the jaws in 2-D. We recently upgraded our x-ray equipment to offer 3-D technology called CBCT (Cone-beam computed tomography). Using this technology we can visualize nerves, blood vessels and sinus cavities and make accurate measurements of bone volume, in order to safely place implants.
One of the best uses of dental implants is to provided stabilization for dentures. People who wear conventional dentures must contend with a slew of potential problems. Since dentures have nothing to attach to, they rest entirely on the gums. This can lead to sore spots and a need to use messy adhesives to hold the teeth in. Also, for stability and retention, the entire palate must be covered with the upper denture. This can cause gagging and loss of taste sensation.When we add implants to stabilize the dentures, the dentures are re-fitted to snap on top of the implants. This adds about 50% more chewing power and virtually eliminates sore spots. Also the patient doesn’t need to use messy adhesives anymore. One of the best advantages is that the palatal coverage of the upper denture can often be removed. This always leads to enhanced taste of all foods, because many taste buds are located on the palate. Often this procedure can be done with a patient’s existing dentures, which reduces the cost.
We have been placing implants at our Colleyville office using CBCT technology for over 10 years and I am excited to offer this new service for our Watauga patients.