At Denovo Smiles, the journey towards a perfect smile begins with a comprehensive diagnostic process that ensures personalized and precise dental implant solutions. The clinic employs a meticulous approach, where the doctor gathers crucial information about your smile by performing a variety of fact-finding procedures. This includes taking detailed impressions of your teeth, capturing a series of X-rays to assess underlying bone structure, and snapping high-resolution photos to examine the aesthetics and alignment of your smile. Such a thorough evaluation not only aids in the accurate planning of your dental implants but also helps in anticipating any potential challenges, thereby crafting a treatment plan that is as unique as your smile. This foundational step at Denovo Smiles underscores their commitment to delivering outcomes that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, enhancing not just the functionality but also the beauty of your smile.

What To Expect At Your Smile Design Appointment

Your smile design appointment will have a variety of scans and imaging done of your mouth based upon your initial consultation. Here is what you can expect:

Photographs

Intraoral and extraoral photographs document the current state and aesthetics of the patient’s teeth and facial structures.

X-Rays

Digital X-rays provide detailed images of the bone structure and teeth alignment

3D CT Scan

A CT scan is utilized for comprehensive three-dimensional imaging of the jawbone when more precise planning for implant placement is required..

How Is the Information From Your Smile Design Appointment Used?

Dental surgeons use the information gathered from imaging sessions, such as X-rays, CT scans, or 3D imaging, to meticulously plan and design dental implants tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Here’s a detailed overview of how they utilize this information:

  1. Assessment of Bone Quality and Quantity: The imaging provides critical insights into the density, volume, and health of the jawbone where the implant will be placed. Implants require a sufficient amount of bone to ensure stability and successful osseointegration (the process where the implant fuses with the bone). If the bone is deemed insufficient, procedures like bone grafts may be necessary before implant placement.
  2. Identifying Anatomical Structures: Accurate images help in identifying vital anatomical structures such as nerves, sinus cavities, and blood vessels. This is crucial to avoid damaging these structures during the implant surgery. For instance, the inferior alveolar nerve, which runs through the mandible (lower jaw), must be avoided when placing implants in this area to prevent numbness or pain.
  3. Implant Positioning and Angulation: The detailed 3D imaging allows the surgeon to plan the exact location, angle, and depth for each implant. Proper positioning is critical for the functional and aesthetic outcomes of the implant. It also helps in ensuring that the implants do not interfere with each other or with the natural teeth, providing a basis for optimal load distribution across the dental arch.
  4. Customizing Implant Design: Using the imaging data, dental implants can be customized to match the specific anatomical requirements of the patient’s mouth. This includes selecting the appropriate length and diameter of the implant, as well as its material composition. Moreover, for patients requiring implant-supported dentures or bridges, imaging ensures that the implant placements are accurately coordinated to support the prosthetic framework.
  5. Digital Planning and Simulations: Many dental surgeons now utilize advanced software that integrates with imaging systems to digitally plan the entire implant procedure. These tools allow for virtual simulations of the surgical process, providing the surgeon with a clear visualization of the expected outcomes. This can improve precision during the actual surgery and also enables the surgeon to share these plans and expectations with the patient.
  6. Surgical Guide Creation: Based on the imaging and digital planning, custom surgical guides can be designed and manufactured. These guides are placed in the mouth during surgery to direct the dental drill and implant placement according to the pre-planned positions. This enhances the accuracy and safety of the procedure.