Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Implants replace the roots of missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges, and dentures. State-of-the-art technology makes it possible for these implant-supported replacement teeth to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Types of Dental Implants

There are many types of dental implants and many ways to use dental implants to achieve your goals of a pleasing smile and good chewing function. Contact your prosthodontist Dr. Emanuele Cicero to find out how dental implants can improve your life and if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Virtual Prosthetically driven Implant Placement

The role of digital technology in the Prosthodontist’s profession

Digital innovation will undoubtedly change and improve our profession, and I believe that the greater benefit of this technological developments consists in deepening multidisciplinary approach for better diagnosis. For this reason it needs to have a clear direction: it is fundamental to understand that all this data and digital tools have no value on their own but all of its importance (mostly in diagnostics) relies is the user’s ability to interpret them.

Digital technology has been widely used to increase the predictability of implant planning and placement. Dr. Emanuele Cicero and his team use the digital workflow selectively in their cases; it is utilized mainly with virtual planning and guided implant surgery.

Three- dimensional printed templates used by Dr. Cicero and his team are produced by superimposition of a surface scan and cbct and lead to a higher accuracy of implant placement compared with templates which use physical elements transferring the virtual planning into reality. Overall this leads to a predictable and successful prosthetically driven implant placement, thereby reducing treatment time and cost.
The ability of the virtual implant planning software merging all STL and DICOM files eliminate the need to individualize the radiographic template. Based on this complete data set, the design and fabrication of computer surgical guides can proceed with improved precision, which can result in more accurate implant placement than obtained with previous techniques.

Dr. Emanuele Cicero and his team utilize intraoral scanners and cutting edge technology for a predictable prosthetically driven implant placement. Intra-oral scanning devices have recently started to contribute considerably to these novel treatment modalities with respect to treatment planning. By superimposing images of recognizable structures (e.g. teeth) obtained from cone-beam computerized tomography and intra-oral scanning, a more realistic digital view of the dental hard and soft tissues of a patient is created. A digital set-up can also be added to this data set, to assist dental professionals to execute the planning in relation to the future prosthetic restoration.

Advantages of Guided Implant Surgery

Several advantages are associated with guided implant surgery (GIS) such as step-back planning and three – dimensional evaluation of the relationship between final reconstruction and local anatomy. Transferring this virtual information into reality might be helpful in avoiding malposition of implants or injury of vital anatomical structures.


How much does a dental implant cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on the type of implant and on the number of teeth involved to replace the missing teeth. Moreover, the overall cost includes the surgery itself, the implant components needed, and the implant crown. You can contact Dr. Emanuele Cicero for an individualized treatment for your oral situation.

Will a dental implant procedure be painful?

Dental implant procedures are not painful, patients shouldn’t experience any pain during placement of dental implants. Some patients may experience some localized mild pain and swelling for a couple days after the procedure, that will vanish right after that time frame.

Can dental implants be placed in one day?

Yes, Dental implants can be placed in a day. Dr. Emanuele Cicero can evaluate your oral situation and see if implants can be placed the same day of extraction or not. There are several factors involved when deciding timing of implant placement after extraction. A specialist will be able to answer your question after taking a cbct scan and evaluating the quality and density of your bone.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

It depends on the number of implants to be placed. It can be very short if only a few implants need to be placed.

Am I awake during dental implant procedure?

Usually for implant placement local anesthesia by itself is sufficient. With local anesthesia the patient will not be put asleep.

Do you need dental implants?

There are a variety of circumstances that may lead to missing teeth and the need for dental implants. For example: If diagnosed and treated early, most cavities and decayed teeth can be treated simply with a filling, but in some cases the decay is so extensive the tooth cannot be restored and must be extracted.
The forces generated by a patient grinding his/her teeth may be great enough to severely fracture a tooth leading to its extraction.

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