Dental implants for effective replacement of missing teeth

When a tooth can no longer be restored, sometimes it is unfortunately necessary to consider extracting it. One of the solutions available is a dental implant, which can effectively replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a kind of artificial root. It is usually made of titanium, a material that is biocompatible with the alveolar bone. A crown can then be attached to the head of the implant. The final result is very comfortable and has a natural appearance.

A dental implant is a safe, reliable and long-lasting technique for replacing a missing tooth that has lost its root. It is important to note that dental implants preserve the alveolar bone of the jaws. They stabilize your bite by preventing the migration of neighbouring and opposing teeth.

If you need to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, Clinique Dentaire 1935 is happy to meet your needs. Please contact us to make an appointment with our practice. We look forward to welcoming you!

The utility of dental implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth. They also preserve the volume of the alveolar bone in the jaws. Implants do not require cutting neighbouring teeth. In contrast, placing a fixed bridge between two teeth does require cutting the adjacent teeth (abutments). In this sense, dental implants are a more conservative choice. Finally, compared to removable dentures, the implant-supported crown offers better comfort, stability and durability.

Dental implants help stabilize your bite by maintaining the position of neighbouring and opposing teeth. Crowns on dental implants are comfortable, blend in nicely with neighbouring teeth and have a very natural appearance. 

How are dental implants placed?

The dentist first performs an oral examination, followed by impressions (study models) and traditional dental X-rays. The dentist then studies the clinical situation by checking the height, volume and density of the alveolar bone. The proximity of maxillary sinuses and neighbouring and opposing teeth must be assessed. 3D X-rays are often recommended to precisely determine the position of important anatomical structures.

In the first surgical phase of dental implant placement, the dentist performs an osteotomy (removal of bone segments) in the jawbone. He then inserts the implant and the healing screw (or abutment). Sutures are also performed. A natural osseointegration of the dental implant will then take place during the healing period. A period of 2 to 4 months is usually required for the bone to completely cover the implant surface.

The next step is the installation and fixation of the permanent restoration on the implant. In a healthy patient, this entire process is safe and completely foreseeable.

Maintenance and postoperative follow-up

Dental implants have an excellent lifespan of up to several decades, provided that healthy dental hygiene rules are followed. When you visit your dentist, they will explain the best practices to follow in order to prolong your dental implant’s longevity.

Choosing your practice for dental implant placement

Dental implantology is increasingly practiced by dentists. The effective replacement of a missing tooth provides many benefits to patients. A missing tooth can be unsightly in terms of the overall appearance of the smile and can also result in the displacement of adjacent and opposing teeth. In addition, a missing tooth can lead to a long-term change in dental occlusion. This can make chewing food more tedious and complicated. 

Not all dentists are qualified to practice dental implantology. Appropriate training and certification is required. How is dental implant placement performed? What are the advantages and are there any contraindications? Clinique Dentaire 1935 will be happy to answer your questions. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us today.