After gathering information via oral X-rays, the dentist assesses the treatment options open to you.
The advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions are openly discussed so that you are well-informed on every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.
Sufficient bone must be present in order for implantation to go ahead. There are patients who have insufficient bone and require augmentation, for example if a tooth has been missing for a long time and the jaw has already receded.
The dentist creates a suitable “bed” in the jaw bone, and the implant is then usually inserted under local anesthetic.
Depending on the individual case, a temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage.
This allows you to enjoy a natural looking smile early on in the process.
Until the implant is securely attached to the jaw bone, a healing phase of between six weeks and a few months1 is expected. Each case is individual.
After approximately one week, stitches are removed. Diligent oral hygiene is now vital for successful healing.
As your implant bonds itself to the bone during the healing phase, your dentist and his laboratory partners proceed to create your personalized tooth. This will then be inserted once the healing phase is complete.
Your final restoration is connected to the implant, leaving you free to smile, bite and chew like before.
1 The specific implant surface SLActive® reduces healing time significantly. 2List of scientific references: www.straumann.com/slactiveref