Implant Restoration

Dr. Lawton Wong is certified to place dental implants since 1994. Besides placing implants, he continues improve his knowledge by taking implant courses every year.

Implant restoration involves surgically anchoring implants into the jawbone below the gum line, then attaching an artificial tooth to those implants. After the implant has been placed, your gum and bone will continue to grow around it, ensuring that the implant stays firmly in place.

In our aging population, many adults are missing one or more teeth. Implants are becoming a standard of care to improve the quality of life for many with missing teeth. The literature says that implants are the closest thing to replace natural teeth.



 
We use Cone-beam digital x-rays for most implant cases. Come beams machine are similar to CT medical scanners, but are smaller and take only the head and neck area. The images can be rotated in 3 dimensions. The ability to manipulate the images allows a dentist to plan out an implant case with great recision. Here is a screen shot of an implant case we did:

Knowing where every vital structure is located, we can plan the best place to put your implant:

 


Seen above, we mapped out the nerve, the teeth and where there is enough bone to place the implant.
 
Seen above, we can view the implant placement in infinite number of views. We use this information to "virtually" place the implant into the x-ray model at a precise angle and dept.
Above a side view. Since we know where the teeth are in relation to the implant, we can plan out the best crown for you.
 
When we create a virtual model, we can take into consideration the esthetic look as well as the health of the bone and gums. Normally, without the cone-beam x-rays, dentists would make a large cut into the gums just to see the bone and teeth. This is painful and not as accurate when one has to guess implant placement position. With the a Cone-beam planned out case, we do not have to make large cuts into your gums. We only have to make a small circular incision and the computer guides us exactly where to place the implant. Patients who receive this type of treatment will tell us that during and after the procedure, they felt almost nothing.

Due the accuracy and patient comfort, we do almost every implant case using the Cone-beam scan.


With the growing demand for implants, Dr. Wong has helped many patients over the years. Call Dr. Lawton Wong if you think dental implants will help you.