Step By Step Treatment
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthetic, and is painless. Treatment includes:
1) A thorough examination
A conversation between patient and dentist is always the first step, followed by a thorough dental examination, with an assessment of the clinical situation, complimentary radiographic examination and screening to verify the condition of the bone tissue and determine the position for the dental implant. In addition, an impression of the mandible and the existing teeth is taken.
2) Insertion of the implant
There are different methods for the insertion of the dental implant based on the clinical situation.
In a one-stage procedure, the dental implant is positioned and a temporary pillar is then fixed. In a two-stage procedure, the dental implant is inserted, then covered by the gum, and the pillar is fixed at a later date.
A tooth or a temporary prosthesis are positioned during both methods, with maximum healing times of three months for the mandible and six months for the maxilla.
3) Positioning the pillar
In a one-stage procedure, the temporary pillar is replaced by the permanent pillar after the dental implant has integrated with the bone tissue.
The second part of the two-stage procedure consists of making a small incision to open the gum and insert the pillar into its position.
4) Creating the tooth
Once the pillar is in position, a new impression is made, and then compared with the one made during the first examination. The dental technician then carefully designs and creates the crown, the bridge or the prosthesis, based on the final model. Particular attention is given to the colour and shape so that the new teeth are as similar as possible to the natural teeth.
5) Positioning the crown and follow up
Fixing the new teeth to the dental implants is a simple procedure. Generally, the procedure is followed by a couple of visits to verify functionality and aesthetic appearance, and to ensure the patient is completely satisfied with their new teeth.