IMPLANT TREATMENT PROCEDURE
The implant treatment generally takes place in five steps:
- The interview for the diagnostic and for scheduling the treatment
- The surgical procedure
- The healing phase
- The prosthetic phase
- The follow-up phase and professional care.
1. THE INTERVIEW, DIAGNOSIS AND SCHEDULING
All implant treatments start with a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth to determine the indication and feasibility of inserting implants. At this stage, a radiological assessment is essential for evaluating the bone volume available. A scan is sometimes necessary. These elements are required to determine the treatment plan as well as to prevent possible complications.
At the end of the examination, the patient is informed of the therapeutic choice, the duration and cost of the implant treatment as well as the potential risks incurred.
2. THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE
Inserting dental implants is practised under local anaesthesia and is painless. The duration of the procedure varies according to the complexity of the operation (number and location of implants, bone volume available, etc.).
3. THE HEALING PHASE
Once the implants are inserted, the healing phase begins. The bone will be reconstructed around the implant in a painless manner. This phase called “osseointegration” is necessary for supporting the insertion of new teeth and to ensure perfect stability. During this period, a temporary prosthesis may potentially be inserted for aesthetic reasons.
4. THE PROSTHETIC PHASE
At the end of the healing phase, the practitioner and the dental prosthetist manufacture a prosthesis (artificial tooth) from impressions. This prosthesis is then secured on the implant via an abutment.
5. THE FOLLOW-UP PHASE AND PROFESSIONAL CARE
Regular check-ups ensured by the dentist as well as good oral-dental hygiene by the patient are essential to prevent any potential complication and to guarantee the durability of the implant. Insufficient hygiene may lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or peri-implantitis (inflammation of the tissue around the implant).
It should be noted that several factors specific to each patient can condition the implementation of the implant treatment (state of health, bone mass available, risk factors, etc.). Thus, the duration of treatment can vary from three to nine months, depending on whether this concerns a simple or more complex treatment).
Notes: Certain cases and surgical techniques can shorten the treatment. Your dental surgeon can advise you based on your needs.
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