At Abbeytrinity dental practice we are continually training ourselves and investing in the most modern technology in order to provide the best possible implant service to our patients. Dentistry is changing and it is doing so at an extremely fast pace. This is true for implant dentistry and CAD-CAM (computer aided design-computer aided manufacture) dentistry. It is especially true at the interface where implant dentistry and CAD-CAM technology meet.
CT (computed tomography) scans can be used to provide a 3 dimensional image of the teeth and the bony structures of the mouth. Previously dentists, had for the most part, to rely on 2 dimensional x-ray images when planning dental implant placement. Without a 3D knowledge of the shape of the bone at the intended implant site a dentist cannot know in advance whether an implant can actually be placed or if bone grafting procedures also need to be performed until the time of surgery. We are one of the few practices in the west of Ireland who have the facility to provide CT scans for our patients. Our Sirona XG3D CT scanner is a state of the art machine and it has a number of advantages over other older machines, including lower radiation exposure and higher resolution images.
We also have a Sirona omnicam intraoral scanner which can be used to make a full color virtual 3D model of our patient’s teeth and gums. We can use this model to design the desired final tooth even before an implant is placed. This is a huge advantage when planning implant placement. It allows us and our patient to visualize the final outcome of the implant retained tooth even before the implant is placed.