1. A thorough examination
The first step of dental implant therapy is a discussion with your dentist, followed by a thorough dental examination. The jaw is x-rayed to check the condition of the bone tissue and to determine the placement of the dental implant. An impression is made of the jaw and existing teeth, forming an important platform for the treatment.
2. Inserting the dental implant
There are two options for dental implant placement, depending on your clinical situation.
In a one-step procedure, the dental implant is placed and then a temporary abutment is attached. In a two-step procedure, the dental implant is inserted and then covered by the gum. The abutment is attached at a later date (see below).
In both cases, a temporary tooth or prosthesis is put in place, followed by a maximum healing period of three months for the lower jaw, and six months for the upper jaw. In some cases, the dental implant can be loaded immediately. However, this depends on your bone condition.
3. Attaching the abutments
In a one-step treatment, the temporary abutment is replaced by a permanent one after the dental implant has bonded with the bone tissue.
The second part of a two-step procedure involves making a minor incision to open the gum and put the abutment in place.
4. Producing the teeth
When the abutment is in place, a new impression is made. It is then compared to the impression made during the initial examination. Based on a final model, a dental technician carefully crafts the crown, bridge or prosthesis. Special attention is given to ensuring the right color and shape so that your new teeth look like your natural teeth.
5. Fitting and re-examination
When the teeth are ready, your dentist simply attaches them to the dental implants. That’s all there is to it! This is usually followed by a few follow-up visits to check functionality and aesthetics. In short, to make sure you are completely satisfied with your new teeth.