Implants are specially designed, biocompatible dental restorations. The easiest way to describe them is like small screws that engage into the bone as act as anchors in the same way as the roots of teeth. The have excellent integration with human tissues and heal remarkably well. When done properly they are inconspicuous. They are then fitted with a crown that is custom made to the specific size of the gap they are filling as well as blending in seamlessly with the size, shape and shade of existing teeth as restorations. When placed and maintained properly, implants can be lifelong restorations.
Implant surgery has evolved so significantly that it is now as simple as most other dental procedures. After initial assessment and discussion of the desired results with the Prosthodontist a CT scan will be recorded.
The Prosthodontist then spends several hours planning each individual case using the scan and specialised software. This enables him to place the implant in the most adequate section of bone, avoiding vital structures such as nerves and picking the length of the implant that will suit the space the best.
After the planning is complete he will then take a mould in your mouth. This will be used in conjunction with the scan and case planning to construct a surgical stent.
Once the stent is fabricated the implant can be placed in a minimally invasive manner. This ensures optimal healing in the shortest time and with the least discomfort.
Approximately 6-12 weeks later all that is needed is another mould to send to the lab, along with detailed instructions regarding the shape, shape and size of the crown and 1 week later the crown is fitted to the implant.