Treatment procedure

How does dental implantation take place?

Steps

1. Examination, consultation
2. Implantation surgery
3. Recovery time
4. Implant exposure
5. Permanent restoration

1. Examination, consultation

The treatment is preceded by a consultation, a throughout examination which includes X-ray scan or in some cases even CT. A personal, illustrated and detailed treatment plan and price quote is written for you based on this examination. If you would like to have more options to choose from and different solutions are feasible, we are pleased to write you different price quotes. For instance, we can write you different quotes for different materials (metal or metal free restorations), fixed and removable restorations, cheaper and more expensive solutions.
The examination is made up of 3 stages:

  • General medical case history (heavy smoking, diabetes, heart disease, regular anticoagulant intake, etc.)
  • Dental case history
  • Present dental state (e.g. analysing bite type, bruxism, bone volume and quality, etc.)

2. Implantation surgery

Implantation at our clinic takes place in an outpatient manner, either under local anaesthetics or conscious sedation. Implants are inserted either with surgical exposure or in a transgingival manner, i.e. through the gums.

3. Recovery time

It usually takes 3-6 months. During this time, the implant becomes osseointegrated, it grows in the porous bone surface. The recovery time of implants inserted under the sinus is different. In some cases it can take 9 months. To support osseointegration, it is recommended to protect the zone of the implants from too strong chewing forces in these months. Careful diet is advisory and in some cases protective restorations as well. If the patient used to wear removable dentures before the implantation, we modify these old dentures so that they fit the new oral state and protect implants from the chewing forces during recovery time.

4. Implant exposure

At the end of the recovery time implants need to be exposed surgically. The oral surgeon localises the implant, then, using a special instrument, exposes the mucosa over the implant. After the exposure, the so-called cover screw in the implant is replaced with a so-called gingiva former screw. The patient wears this screw until the next step, i.e. until getting the permanent, final dental restoration. This gingiva former screw is needed to ensure that the exposed gums do not grow over the implant.

5.  Permanent restoration

We take impressions with the help of impression caps and screws. These impressions will be sent to our dental laboratory. Trial denture appointments are scheduled so that we supervise the work progress. The permanent dental restoration is prepared based on these impressions, and delivered at a short appointment.


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