How are dental implants attached in the mouth?

Study models of the patient's jaws are necessary for the planning stage of an implant procedure.

Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, you must have a thorough evaluation in preparation for the process. To start, you have a comprehensive dental exam. This may include taking dental X-rays and making models of your mouth. A treatment plan is tailored to your particular situation. This plan takes into account such factors as how many teeth must be replaced and the condition of your jawbone.

The implantation is a surgical intervention that happens under sterile conditions and - depending on the occuring difficulties - lasts from 20-40 minutes. Surgery is performed with local anaesthesia.

First, the gum tissue is opened carefully. the gum tissue is flapped back and the implant is inserted to a depth, which is sufficient for retention. The gum tissue is then sutured back into position and the patient is sent home while the healing process occurs.

Over the next 4 to 6 months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. The patient returns for the insertion of a component, which fits, into the bone-retained implant. Impressions may then be taken so that the laboratory can fabricate the artificial crown which fits onto this component. At the next session, the artificial crown (or crowns) is either cemented on to the implant or screw-retained.

How long does the operation last?

Every person is different and unique, and so is the personal oral situation, which your dentist will examine carefully in order to make out a treatment plan. Your general health situation also plays a major role. The actual duration naturally depends on the number of implants. While implants used to take 5 - 6 months to heal, science has clearly achieved the goal of reducing the regeneration period with the FBR® surface. FBR® stands for Fast Bone Regeneration, because these implants help new bone grow faster. The FBR® surface is also applied to the (titanium) implant coating and makes restoration with a crown possible just 6 weeks after the implant has been inserted. The new tooth is fully functional. When several implants are inserted, a temporary bond is made with a bridge, making it possible to gradually increase the load on the implants during healing. The rapid healing of FBR® implants also enhances safety, especially for patients with osteoporosis or weak bone caused by old age.

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