How does the process of replacing one tooth go? An overview!

The placement of a dental implant is a revolutionary method that has transformed dentistry in recent decades. The decision for an implant is a big step, but at the same time it is a great solution for a restored smile. In this article, we would like to explain to you the procedure that is followed when only one tooth is replaced using an implant and a crown, so you will know exactly what to expect! 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root, usually made of titanium, and serves as the basis for placing a crown. Want to know if an implant is a good solution for you? Then read this article.

What is a crown? 

A crown is a custom-made artificial tooth that is attached to the implant. Crowns are made of various materials such as porcelain, ceramic or metal alloys, with porcelain and ceramic being the most popular because of their natural look. 

How is a dental implant placed?

In most cases, the implant is placed under local anesthesia. We make an incision in your gums, and drill a small hole in the jawbone. This is where we screw in the implant. 

After the implant placement, there is then a four- to six-month period for the implant to fuse with the jawbone (a process also known as “osseointegration”). During this time, the jawbone grows solid around the implant, providing a solid foundation for the future crown.

How is a crown placed? 

Once the implant is fully integrated with the jawbone, a crown is placed on the implant. This crown is fully customized to seamlessly match the shape, size, and color of the surrounding natural teeth. This ensures that a natural-looking and functional tooth is created.

What is immediate loading?

As mentioned above, the traditional method requires a “waiting period” during which the implant must fuse with the jawbone. In some cases, however, a new and innovative technique called “immediate loading” can be used. For certain patients, a temporary resin crown can then be screwed on immediately after the implant is placed. That way, you walk out with a full smile right away. This way, you walk out with a full smile right away. 

Complete your smile again with a dental implant!

A dental implant is more than just a dental procedure; it is an investment in your health, confidence and well-being. The right doctor with the necessary expertise can carefully guide you through the entire process. 

Are you looking for professional advice on dental implants or would you like to discuss the options of the procedure? Contact specialist Doctor Frank Vanhove here!

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