The procedure – from diagnosis to aftercare
Diagnosis and decision-making
X-ray images and CT scans are taken by dentists. After gathering the information, the possible treatment options are assessed. The advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions are openly discussed so that you are well-informed on every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.
Sufficient bone: an essential prerequisite. Sufficient bone must be present in order for implantation to go ahead. There are patients who have insufficient bone and require augmentation, for example if a tooth has been missing for a long time and the jaw has already receded.
Insertion of the implant
The dental implant is surgically inserted under local anesthesia. A temporary restoration may be placed on the implant at time of surgery for the healing stage.
The healing phase usually lasts between a couple of weeks and a few months. During this period, ideally, the bone around the implant grows and integrates with the implant surface – a process called osseointegration. Good oral hygiene is vital in the healing stage of the treatment. Once healed, this artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis.
The restoration is put in place
The dental laboratory uses an impression of the implant site to produce the crown, bridge or denture. The dentist will place the restoration after the dental implant has healed.
Disclaimer: Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.
Implants are an excellent option and investment in your health. With the right aftercare, they can last for a lifetime. For such a long-term success, taking care of your implant is important. As with natural teeth, implants require the same regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. Once you follow these guidelines, your implants can be maintained for decades.