The Straightforward Dental Implant Procedure

Plan & Diagnosis

  • X-ray images and CT scans are taken by your doctor to determine if an implant is the right solution
  • One important condition for the treatment is that there is sufficient bone 
  • Your implant team will plan your case to help ensure the best outcome.

Implant Placement 

  • The specialist will place the implant under local anesthesia and form the gum tissue around the implant.

Healing
The bone around the implant grows and integrates with the implant surface during the healing phase, which will last between 3-4 weeks and a few months depending on the type of implant placed.

Temporary restoration
If the implant is in a visible area, a temporary restoration may be placed while the site heals.

Placement of implant abutment
When healing is complete, your dentist will place the final abutment, a small piece that connects the implant to the crown. Your dentist will take an impression of the implant site to order the crown, bridge or denture from a dental laboratory.

Final crown
When the final crown is returned from the lab, the temporary tooth will be removed and the final crown will be put into place.

Aftercare
Just like natural teeth, implants require regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. With appropriate care, the long-term function of implants can be maintained. Your dentist will guide you on cleaning and hygiene measures.

Additional Surgical Procedures

Straumann Bone Grafting Solutions for Bone Loss
Some patients may not have enough bone to support a dental implant. In this case, your doctor can perform a ‘bone grafting’ procedure to help your body build new bone for the implant placement.

Reasons for bone loss include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Gum disease (periodontitis) 
  • Trauma to the jaw bone

What is “bone graft” material?
Bone graft material is the substance used to build the bone volume necessary for implant placement by helping to regenerate vital bone. Straumann provides effective bone grafting materials that are tested, trusted and designed to deliver excellent results.

Your dental professional will help determine which type of bone graft material is best for you.

Sources of bone graft material include:

  • Autograft – bone from your own body
  • Allograft – sterilized human donor bone
  • Xenograft – from an animal source
  • Synthetic – manufactured artificial bone

Bone Grafting Procedure
A bone graft procedure happens either before or during the implant placement, depending on the amount of bone needed.

  • The site will be anesthetized and an opening will be made
  • The material will be placed and any necessary additional procedures performed
  • The site will be closed and healing will begin and continue from 3-4 months to one year, depending on your body and the material used.

Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.