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After a comprehensive consultation and subsequent treatment planning, the implant is inserted.
It then fuses slowly as the jaw bone grows around it. You can find out exactly how this process occurs on this page.
1. Initial examination and consultation
Before an implant procedure can be performed, an extensive consultation is carried out during which all the patient’s wishes, treatment options and any risks involved are discussed. We carry out precision imaging of the jaw bone and mouth region, and take a history of your lifestyle factors and general condition of your health.
The planning phase then follows. Our many years of experience combined with cutting-edge diagnostic approaches ensure that we can provide the best possible planning for the desired procedure. Digital X-ray imaging and, where needed, computer tomography techniques create extremely precise renderings of the jaw structures and form the fundamental basis for planning.
2. The implantation procedure
When the day of the implantation procedure comes around, the following steps are followed: After local anaesthesia is applied, an incision is made in the gums. A special drill is then used to create a high-precision hole in the jaw bone.
Finally, the root-shaped implant is inserted into place and the gum is closed back up with stitches. After a healing time of around 2 months, bone and implant become solidly fused together.
3. The healing phase
For the implant to heal quickly and naturally, fusing with the bone, the treatment area must be carefully protected for a certain period after the procedure. The duration of the healing phase depends on factors such as bone quality and the quantity of available bone. On request, a provisional denture can be created for use after the implantation procedure in order to preserve the appearance of the teeth (common where the incisors are affected).
You should take particular care to avoid anything that might put stress of the treatment area in the first few days following the procedure. This also means plenty of attention and care when cleaning the teeth and gums, and avoiding solid food.
4. The prosthesis (denture) is fixed into place
Once the implant has healed into place and has fused solidly with the bone, we manufacture crowns in our dental laboratory.
These are then securely fixed onto the implants.
5. In cases where there is insufficient bone
Where not enough bone exists for an implant to be inserted, a bone graft procedure can be performed. A variety of different surgical techniques are employed in order to fix an artificial bone material onto the existing jaw bone in order to create a reinforced basis for the future implant.
These techniques include: sinus lifting, bone augmentation procedures, splitting, spreading, and more. A longer healing time is required in the case of these procedures.
How long the whole treatment process takes, including healing time, depends significantly on your medical condition, and may vary from two weeks to six months.
A very quick treatment option, involving a process referred to as “immediate loading” is an exception, but may only be carried out when conditions are very good. In general, the entire duration of treatment is around 3 months.
Looking after new teeth properly
When properly cared for, and with regular check-ups, implants are very likely to last an entire lifetime. Implants represent a great investment, offering a range of benefits. You should take care of your implants in exactly the same way as you would go about caring for natural teeth. In this way, you will be able to continue to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth over a long period of time.
Plaque deposits contain bacteria, and this bacteria can cause inflammation. This type of inflammation puts both teeth and implants at risk.
As such, it is vital to look after the teeth (natural or otherwise) using suitable cleaning tools and techniques. We are always happy to advise our patients further.
In addition to good oral care at home, we recommend regular check-ups and maintenance appointments with the professional dental hygienists working in our practices. This ensures that stubborn deposits can be removed, as well as providing general care, and special treatments can be applied to ensure your implants are kept in flawless condition.