Dental implantation is a very unique procedure, every case is different as it’s depending on a lot of different conditions. Here we explain the process of the treatment.
|Possible dental treatments prior to dental implantation (not always necessary)||Dental treatment||Healing period|
|tooth extraction (decayed, worn)||tooth extraction (decayed, worn)|
bone healing after tooth removal might request 3-4 week sometimes, in some other cases, implantation can be done immediately
|bone grafting||4-6 months of healing period before tooth implant surgery|
|sinus lift (only upper jaw)||a minimum of 8 months of healing before placing the dental implant|
|Steps of dental implant surgery||Dental treatment||Healing period|
|placing the tooth implant||integration of the dental implant needs 4-6 months while the jawbone is ossifying around the artificial root|
|dental impression||once the dentist exposes the dental implant, he takes an impression for final restoration|
|abutment and crown fixing||5 days needed for the final restoration to be completed (crown, bridge, full bridge, overdenture or All-on-4)|
1. First consultation and treatment plan
Our oral surgeon specialists are evaluating the oral health and dentition of the patient upon the panoramic X-ray. If the general health and the bone density seems to be all right, the dentists are preparing a personal treatment plan. Additional examinations, like blood test or CT scan might be necessary to make sure the dental implant will be properly fixed.
2. Dental implant surgery
The dental implant is placed in the jawbone in a completely pain-free way. After the surgery has been performed, the dentist is giving him/her the necessary recommendations and instructions to respect until it’s completely healed. Bone grafting might be necessary in certain cases.
3. Healing time
The tooth implant needs 3-6 months to heal under the gum, and therefore to integrate in the jawbone. Perfect oral hygiene and prescribed medication is highly important during this period.
4. Final restoration
Once the healing period is over, the final restoration can be fixed on the implant(s). It can be a single crown or a bridge for example.
If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, and are not yet ready for multiple dental implant placements, a conventional lower denture can be replaced by a removable overdenture.
Dental implant is an effective solution to replace a missing tooth but to keep its long-term success, it is highly important to maintain the instructions of the dentist. High level of oral hygiene can help keeping the good condition and the stability of the tooth implants.