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How is a tooth replaced? A complete guide!

The introduction of dental implants has significantly changed dentistry in recent years. Opting for an implant marks an important step forward towards restoring a perfect smile. In this article, we would like to give you an overview of the procedure involved in replacing one tooth with an implant and a crown, so you know exactly what to expect.

What is the role of the implant?

A dental implant serves as an artificial root and is made of titanium in most cases. The implant acts as the base for a crown. Wondering if an implant is the right choice for you? Then click here.

What is the function of the crown?

The crown is a custom-made replacement tooth. This crown is placed on the implant and makes your teeth complete again. A crown can be made of zirconium, ceramic or metal alloys. Zirconia and ceramics are particularly popular because they have a very natural look.

What procedure is followed for implant placement?

The process usually starts with a local anaesthetic. A small incision is made in the gums, followed by drilling a hole in the jawbone. The implant is then placed in this. The gums are then closed with a few stitches.

An important phase after implant placement is the three- to six-month period for osseointegration, during which the jawbone and implant fuse together, creating a solid foundation for the future crown.

When will the crown be installed? 

Once the implant is fully integrated with the jawbone, the crown is installed. This crown is specifically designed to perfectly match the shape, size, and colour of your existing teeth to ensure a natural-looking and functional tooth.

What is the meaning of Immediate Loading?

Unlike the traditional method that requires a waiting period for osseointegration, the innovative technique of ‘immediate loading’ allows a temporary crown, made of synthetic resin, to be applied immediately after implant placement. This means patients can enjoy a full smile immediately after the procedure.

Restore your smile with a dental implant!

A crown implant is not just a medical consideration, it adds to your self-confidence and overall well-being. Choosing a knowledgeable doctor with extensive experience is crucial for careful and a stress-free guidance through the whole process.

Would you like more information or advice on dental implant placement? Get in touch with us. We will be happy to help you!

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