A month ago, we were talking about new techniques to make placing dental implants quicker and easier for the patient. Dr. Trujillo, a Phoenix Periodontist, has been studying advancements in technology very closely. One of the newest ways we have been placing implants is through a process called Guided Implant Procedures.
This process starts with models of the patients mouth and a full CT scan (the scan may be done by the Gallileos, if you have read our past posts). The patients molds and scan are sent to a lab which is where the real magic begins. These dental labs will work with Dr. Trujillo to plan the exact placement of each implant with the help of the full 3-dimensional CT scan. This can be difficult to do with a 2-dimensional X-ray because you can not determine the quality of the patients bone. Adequate bone is essential to placing a stable implant. Certain landmarks can make this planning difficult, such as the sinus (if you’re placing implants on the top), nerves (especially working on the bottom), or even the adjacent teeth. With the CT scan, we can locate the most accurate spot to place each implant, without damaging surrounding areas.
Once the planning has been completed, the lab will then create a “guide” that fits the patients mouth and has little access holes indicating where each implant is to be placed. After getting the patient numb, we use a series of slow drills through those access holes in order to maintain the accuracy of the placement. The lab will determine exactly what size implant is to be placed in each site. These guides are so precise, they even have a stopper to prevent the drill from going too far. You literally can not mess this up!
While it may seem more invasive, this guided surgery eliminates any guessing. Our patients love it because it requires less time in the chair, and less trauma to the mouth. These guided implants are becoming more and more popular in our office and it is so easy to see why.
Sorry for the delayed post. We have been updating all of our computers to Windows 7 as well as getting our digital X-rays up and running in the rooms.
Technology aside, we have made a new improvement to our call system. Sometimes we can spend half of a day trying to get a hold of patients to confirm appointments and schedule new ones. This can be especially frustrating because our phone lines are always tied up. Thanks to Demand Force, appointment confirmations will now be made through email and/or text messaging (whichever you prefer). Now we can spend less time on the phone and more time focusing directly on you, the patient. It is our main goal each and every day to find new ways to best serve you.
So don’t worry if you receive an “unusual” email or text message from us. It’s not spam! 🙂 And if you prefer a good old-fashioned phone call like we used to do, please let us know! We love all feedback, both negative and positive. As always, we are still just a phone call away!
Yesterday was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Phoenix. It is very important to our office to stay active in our community. We had such a fun time walking the 5k together to help raise breast cancer awareness and raise money to go towards research & treatment. In our office we have all been affected by cancer, and a couple of our patients who are breast cancer survivors even joined our team!
This was the first time we have done a charity walk together as a team and we are looking forward to doing it again!
October, as you may already know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There have been recent studies that link Periodontal Disease to Breast Cancer. Your oral hygiene and your overall health are very closely related to each other. In a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a survey of 3,273 subjects found that women with chronic periodontal disease – which was indicated by missing molars – had a higher incidence of breast cancer. Inflammation in the mouth creates byproducts that enter the bloodstream which can allow the development of cancer. Whether or not you have Periodontal Disease, it is important to have dental cleanings every 6 months (unless directed otherwise by your dentist, periodontist, or hygienist) to maintain overall health.
As an office, we are concerned about our patients’ overall health and well-being. This year, we will be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race will be in Phoenix, Arizona on October 14. If you would like to donate to our team, you may click on the link below. Help us raise money for a cure!
Last week we talked about some of the new ways our office is incorporating new technology to our practice. On Monday, Dr. Trujillo and one of his assistants, Hannah, had the opportunity to learn a new type of Cone Beam: The Galileos by Serona. This top of the line machine is only one of a few in the Valley, so it was a real treat to get to try it out. We even got to take a scan on a patient that day to plan comprehensive implant placement which would not be possible without such advanced scanning.
Having access to the Galileos will make even the most difficult cases much easier. Up until now, X-rays have been two dimensional images of a three dimensional environment which can sometimes lead to unexpected setbacks. With the new 3D Cone Beam, we can eliminate any guessing by having exact knowledge right before our eyes without having to physically look in the patient’s mouth. In the past, many patients were denied the opportunity to have implants because of the lack of good quality bone, or its relation to opposing teeth. With the advancement of these scans, we can view the mouth in a completely new way and literally see what the implants would look like before even placing them in the mouth. Being able to accurately study, plan, and place implants with the Galileos will give more people the opportunity to enjoy dental implants and use them as an alternative to bridges or dentures (or no teeth at all!)