All the common forms of tooth
replacement, such as bridges or
dentures can be replaced by dental
If you are missing one
natural tooth, then one dental
implant is normally all that will be
needed to provide a replacement.
Larger spaces created by two, three
of more missing teeth do not
necessarily need one dental implant
per tooth, however the exact number
of dental implants will depend on
the quality and volume of bone at
each potential dental implant site.
Occasionally, it is even possible to
join natural teeth to dental
implants with a conventional bridge.
In the upper jaw, bone density is
generally poorer than in the lower
but.. if you have no teeth at all we
may recommend otherwise...
Most treatment providers will want
to place a minimum of 6 dental
implants to support a complete arch
of 10 or more replacement teeth. In
the lower jaw..
The bone towards the
front of the mouth is often very
strong and as a direct result, fewer
dental implants may be needed than
are required to treat a whole upper
A simple treatment plan to
provide 10 or more teeth in the
lower jaw might be possible with as
few as 4 dental implants, although
it is still more common to use 5 or
The procedure goes normally in three
In the first step an X-ray is taken
to see if there is enough bone and
to look at the bone quality. One can
do this by taking a big x-ray called
OPG , but mostly a dental scan or
CT-san is taken to see the area in
full 3D . The most recent are CT-CB
scans, using a lot less
The surgeon and the
dentist will then decide how many
implants can be put and where.
recently often do that with the
guide of specialized computer
The latest development is
a computerised prefabricated guiding
model , so the surgeon can do a
In a second step the
implant is brought into place..
The patient gets normal a local
anaesthesia and the implant is
placed is less then 20 minutes .
Opening the gums is not necessary
anymore, just a little hole is
punched through it.
When the canal is
almost as large as the implant, the
implant is screwed in If required,
some stitches are placed and the
gums are closed. Whenever more
implants are placed , usually this
done in the same session.
procedure is done, in some cases the
implant is covered by a healing cap
that sticks through the gums and can
be visually detected.
This is called
a “one-phase” healing procedure.
When the implant is fully covered
with gums the healing abutment is
placed after a second surgery phase
a few weeks later,