Where should I start?
I Consultation visit and diagnostics
The implant-based treatment and its success are dependent, above all, on a proper, in-depth diagnosis, and a proper treatment plan. Planning the treatment is related to a detailed assessment of the patient’s predisposition of the patient for the medical procedure. The oral cavity hygiene status, also the status of the gums, teeth and the bone structure shall be, along with the general health status of the patient - with a particular emphasis placed on chronic diseases - checked.
If the patient and the doctor make a decision to use the modern solution, such as the implant, all of the oral cavity inflammation and caries MUST BE eliminated before.
III Preparation for the treatment procedure
The first stage of the preparations involves, 2-3 days before the planned procedure, a visit to Anna Maciejowska, the hygienist, who is going to clean your teeth in a professional way (in this case - without any sanding!). She will also recommend using the Eludril liquid, containing chlorohexidine, the aim of which is to minimize the quantity of bacteria staying in the oral cavity.
IV The procedure
Considering the time devoted to diagnostics, the treatment itself is quite brief. Properly carried out procedure, the aim of which is to insert one implant, lasts for ca. 30 minutes. Depending on the level of difficulty and the number of the applied screws, that time may be prolonged. Introduction of that implant into the bone is completely painless - it is carried out with the use of The Wand computer controlled local anesthesia. For most of the patients, the experience gathered during the implant insertion procedure is largely the same as in case of any normal dental treatment. The implantologist delicately cuts the gum and inserts the implant, until it reaches the bone structure. After the procedure, the gum is being sewn, while the stitches are removed after 7 to 10 days. The period of healing requires the patient to take a great care of the oral cavity hygiene - and here, only washing the teeth is not enough. Eludril liquid needs to be applied, together with Elugel, which is to be applied over the wound.
V Integration (fusing) the implant with the tooth
Throughout the next 2-3 months, so called osteointegration takes place in the bone - the implant is being fused with the bone. If the implantation treatment was related to the treatment, the aim of which was to regenerate the bone, then the healing process is longer - it depends on the individual variation of the patient.
After that period, yet another diagnostic procedure needs to be carried out. A digital X-ray spot image is taken, thanks to which the doctor is able to assess proper level of integration of the implant and the bone. Then, using local anesthesia, the doctor inserts so called healing screw into the implant, the purpose of which is to create a half-rounded shape of the gum, making it possible to accommodate the future crown. This treatment is required - after the earlier tooth-loss, the gum is flat. The dentist would have to create a square tooth. And we want the crown placed on the implant to replicate the lost tooth with the highest degree of fidelity achievable.
VII New tooth - cooperation between the patient, the doctor and the dental practitioner
Another stage - getting an impression of the teeth in a dentist office - is one of the key stages of prosthetic treatment. This procedure makes it possible to obtain an exact copy of the clinical situation. The obtained impression and the digital imagery of the neighbouring teeth are used to select a prosthetic link, which connects the implant with the future crown. Using the state-of-the-art technology, the practitioner creates a snuggly fitting and aesthetic tooth crown, which replicates the color, shape and function of the lost tooth.