What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial titanium root used to replace missing teeth.
This artificial Titanium or Zirconia root will be inserted into the jaw bone to serve as a foundation.
At Neve dental clinic, we use Straumann brand dental implants, a “premium” Swiss brand made of commercially pure titanium.
Once the implant is placed, the bone will heal, the bone cells will bind to the implant. We call this process, which takes about 3 months: osseointegration.
Stages of implant placement:
- A dental implant consultation is essential for the analysis of your case.
The implantologist will do your medical history, your clinical examination and assess your risk factors. He will carry out a 3-dimensional radiographic examination (cbct) in order to assess the bone volume necessary for the placement of the dental implant.
In case of lack of bone, a bone graft is sometimes necessary. These are often simple procedures, well mastered with high success rates.
Under certain conditions, an immediate loading procedure can be carried out. The implantologist will extract your teeth, place the implants and a temporary prosthesis will be put in place immediately in the same session.
Dans les cas d’implants dentaires postérieurs, vous repartirez du cabinet avec une petite vis de protection sur l’implant, qui affleure votre gencive. Dans les cas d’implants esthétique, une prothèse mise en charge immédiatement sera le plus souvent posée.
Des points de suture seront déposés 15 jours plus tard.
You will be installed in a room dedicated to surgery with all the precautions necessary for your comfort and safety.
Local anesthesia by applying a gel and then by injection (as with traditional dental care) will be performed before the procedure. Deep sedation can be performed on request.
It is an intervention of approximately 20 minutes for an implant. You will not feel any pain during the procedure.
In the case of posterior dental implants, you will leave the office with a small protective screw on the implant, which is flush with your gum. In the case of implants in aesthetic zone, a prosthesis loaded immediately will most often be placed.
Stitches will be deposited 15 days later.
- Control of dental implant osseointegration and prosthesis.
The implantologist will check, after 3 months, that the bone has attached to the implant. Then, an impression can be made. The dental implant will receive an intermediate piece called the prosthetic abutment, which will serve as a support for making a crown, a bridge or a removable prosthesis.
- Dental implants maintenance.
Maintenance appointments will be necessary in order to maintain the health of your implant and avoid peri-implantitis. These appointments are usually scheduled every 6 months.
What are the main advantages of a dental implant?
- It restores function and aesthetics,
- It preserves the bone integrity of the jaw, unlike removable prostheses (dentures),
- It preserves the integrity of the surrounding healthy teeth, unlike bridges,
- It preserves the balance of the jaws,
- There are few contraindications to implant placement,
- Implant surgery is minimally invasive, rapid and painless,
- It has a very high long-term success rate (more than 90% at 15 years).