Dental implants are titanium screws placed in the jaw bone which will be used to support a crown. The technique of dental implantology is the perfect solution to replace one or more missing teeth with a very natural result.
Dental implantology can replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants replace the root of the tooth embedded in the jawbone, onto which the dentist will fix a porcelain crown. In this way, the entire tooth is reconstructed.
Depending on type of tooth loss, the dentist will use a specific technique (crowns, bridges, dentures). The dentist preserves the neighbouring teeth in all cases.
- Unitary indentation: A single tooth is missing between two healthy teeth.
- Intercalate indentation: Several teeth are missing between two healthy teeth.
- Posterior indentation: The missing teeth are located at the back of the lower jaw or the upper jaw.
- Total indentation: All the teeth are missing.
Dental implants are particularly suitable for avoiding all of the disadvantages associated with dentures.
How the session works
The procedure is carried out in the operating room under a local or general anaesthetic according to the number of teeth to be replaced.
Dental implantology is based on the principle of osseointegration. After a period of three to six months, the titanium screw which was placed in the jaw finds itself welded to the inside of the bone. It thus constitutes a strong support for fixing a dental crown and rebuilding the teeth.
Using a clinical and radiological examination, the dentist assesses the bone mass in the jaw which he can use to insert the implant.
The dentist opens the gum and, using small drill bits of different diameters, he drills the space needed to insert the dental implant. He then closes the gum with a few stitches. During the 3-6 months of healing, the implant will then gradually integrate with the jawbone and gums.
The dentist places the permanent crown on a pillar serving as the attachment point between the implant and the tooth. If a large number of teeth need to be replaced, the practitioner uses a full bridge made of porcelain fixed to a limited number of dental implants, which will allow him to cover the entire edentulous area without filling each missing tooth with an implant.
After the dental implants have been installed
The dentist regularly carries various controls to check the dental implants, including the bone integration and the very rare cases of implants being rejected or artificial teeth integrating with healthy teeth.
There is no specific pain during or after the installation of the dental implants. The patient should eat soft foods in the three to four days following the procedure. In most cases, the patient can return to work on the following day.
The new tooth, consisting of the dental implant and the crown, provides a level of comfort which is close to that of natural teeth. The person can smile again without being bothered by one or more missing teeth.
In addition to the aesthetic appearance, dental implants also strengthen the teeth as a whole and prevent the occurrence of problems related to tooth loss such as bone loss in the jaw, tooth migration or a decreased ability to chew.
Dental implants have a lifespan of more than 20 years.
Dental implant prices
|Service||Prices Including VAT*|
|Dental implant only||€700 to €2,000|
|Dental implant + crown||€1,800 to €3,000|
* 20% VAT