Dental implants

A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces the bone and jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants can also be used to support prostheses.

The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegrate where materials, such as titamium, form an intimate bond to bone.

The treatment

The implant fixture is first placed, so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge, or denture) is attached to the implant, or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic. Together with your referring dentist we will plan how many implants that are appropriate in the specific case. We are responsible for the surgical part of the implant treatment, which is the surgical consultation, implants installation, and if necessary, bone augmentation, in the case of insufficient jawbone volume. After the surgical consultation we will prepare a treatment plan, and we will calculate the surgical treatment fee.

Postsurgical checkups will take place until complete osseointegration. This lasts approximately 3-6 months. Your referring dentist will then attach the prosthetic replacement.

The surgery

Implant installation takes place under local anesthesia. If desired, we can prescribe a sedative tablet.

The surgical procedure usually doesn’t last longer than 10-20 minutes. Some additional time is allotted as we need to await the effect of the anesthesia as well as to prepare the procedure and give you postsurgical information.

Postoperative pain, soreness, and swelling after treatment is usually light to moderate. It is important that you stay calm on the day of the surgery.

Find more information about the general surgery procedure here.

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