Advanced Technology

Modern Treatment Is Technology-Driven

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Our Investment in Top-Quality Care

The Texas Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants is equipped with advanced dental technology and techniques for one reason: to give you better care. That means diagnosis and treatment that are faster, more precise, more comfortable, more effective, and more predictable. Alongside our credentials as board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons, our state-of-the-art surgical capabilities offer you true peace of mind. If you want a practice with all the advantages of advanced dental technology in Flower Mound and Denton, TX, your search ends here.

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X-Nav Technologies

For many years “free-hand” dental implant placement was the only surgical method available. Technological advances have since given us a better way to perform implant placement—one that ensures a better fit and lasting results. X-Guide™ by X-Nav Technologies is an innovative software that allows us to plan a virtual roadmap for successfully placing your implants. With our in-office cone beam CT technology (more below), we can create a virtual 3D model of the treatment area before beginning your dental implant surgery. During the actual procedure, X-Guide pinpoints on a screen exactly where your implants should be placed in your jaw, allowing us to provide predictable functional and aesthetic outcomes for you in an efficient and reliable manner.

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Intraoral Scanner

An intraoral scanner is a compact, handheld device that our doctors use to capture high-resolution images of areas of your mouth that are visible on the tooth and gum surfaces. One tremendous advantage of this tool is that it enables us to create 3D digital impressions of your teeth when planning for dental implant surgery or temporary restorations. It completely replaces the sticky, unpleasant putty that you may be used to biting down on when you need an impression taken. It’s just another way advanced dental technology makes your treatment experience more pleasant here at the Texas Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.

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3D Cone Beam CT Imaging

X-rays are extremely helpful in dental care, but they do have some limitations. The CBCT, or cone beam CT scanner, is a more sophisticated, specialized type of x-ray equipment that enables us to get the most comprehensive view of your dental health. Operating with a fraction of the radiation of conventional CT scanners still found in many dental and medical offices, the CBCT machine delivers 360-degree, 3D images of teeth, jawbone, nerve pathways, and soft tissues. This shows us everything we might need to address when we place dental implants or provide other treatments. Imaging with CBCT takes just seconds and is completely comfortable and non-invasive.

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3D Printing

The 3D printer is increasingly being used in a variety of fields, including dentistry. It brings the ability to manufacture essential appliances and tools into the dental practice itself. The printer enables our practice to circumvent the delays and lack of quality control that sometimes go along with the use of outside vendors. Here it allows our oral surgeons to fabricate the dental implant surgical guides that help us deliver quick, highly precise, and predictable results during the dental implant placement process. With it we can also make 3D models that will help us perform jaw surgery with even greater reliability.

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Guided Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgical guides are templates that are customized to fit you and are invaluable in the placement of dental implants. We fabricate these in-house especially for you and can use them whether you need one dental implant or two full arches of them. After taking specifications for your guides with our imaging equipment we manufacture them with our 3D printer in advance of your surgical procedure. On your treatment day, we place the guide or guides over your gums. Pre-positioned holes on the guides show us precisely where to place the implants, which go through the holes and into your jawbone. The guide holes ensure your implants will be placed at just the right location, depth, and angle for a comfortable fit and lasting performance.

Piezoelectric Surgery

Piezoelectric surgery is a revolutionary way of providing surgery when hard tissues such as teeth and bone are involved. Using a small handheld device, we can cut through those hard tissues without damaging any of the surrounding soft tissue using ultrasonic vibrations instead of sharp instruments. This is especially valuable during delicate procedures such as sinus lifts, which restores a collapsed sinus cavity after upper jawbone loss. This minimally invasive alternative is also used for other bone grafting techniques, tooth extractions, and dental implant placement.

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Growth Factors

One of our advanced healing protocols, platelet-rich fibrin (or PRF) is a protein that occurs naturally in your blood. It’s a type of growth factor, which boosts your body’s natural healing power by promoting the growth of healthy cells. Our oral surgeons harness the natural healing properties of PRF to aid in your recovery following many types of surgery. The first step is to collect a small sample of your blood, which we then place into a centrifuge and rotate rapidly. The rotation causes the various elements of your blood to separate. We can then harvest the PRF that aids in healing and introduce it into your surgical sites in a concentrated form during your treatment. The PRF will form a protective layer over the sites the way a scab forms over an abrasion during healing. There’s no more natural way to heal than using the powers of your own body!

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