Replacement of the Incisors - Here's how it works
The absence of an incisor is very unpleasant for those affected, because gaps in the front teeth immediately catch the eye of our counterpart. This is one of the reasons why placing an anterior implant requires a great deal of precision and dental and surgical experience.
The aim of the treatment is to achieve an aesthetic and long-term end result that is adapted to the individual smile line. Factors such as the amount of bone present and the thickness of the gums must first be checked and, if necessary, built up accordingly before a dental implant can be placed. In some cases, the placement of a dental bridge at the front teeth may be the better solution for the patient.
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Anterior implant - treatment procedure and duration
When placing implants in the anterior region, precise planning of the procedure is particularly important in order to achieve an optimal aesthetic end result. The precondition for treatment with dental implants is basically a healthy mouth and jaw situation. If the patient suffers from periodontitis, for example, this must be treated first before a dental implantation can be performed.
For the exact planning of the insertion of an anterior implant, an X-ray image and an imprint of the interior of the mouth is taken. This can be done either with a plastic molding compound or by using a digital image, which is made with the help of a 3D scanner. This step replaces an uncomfortable impression of the teeth or jaw and allows precise planning of the next step, which is essential for the optimal fit of the implant.
The X-ray image provides information about whether sufficient bone material is available or whether a so-called bone augmentation is necessary to give the implant the necessary support. In some cases, however, X-rays are not sufficient to determine the individual jaw situation precisely. A digital volume tomography or also called DVT x-ray provides clarification. This makes the exact jaw conditions as well as the course of the nerve paths visible by means of a 3D image.
Placement of the anterior implant
If the jawbone offers sufficient space for a dental implant, it can now be placed in the appropriate place under local anaesthetic. If the patient has a pronounced fear of dentistry, treatments can also be carried out in twilight sleep or under general anaesthesia by arrangement. With the help of an individually adapted template, the optimal position of the implant is now determined and the artificial tooth root is gently inserted into the jawbone.
Depending on the condition of the bone, this procedure can take between 15 minutes and several hours. In general, it takes three months until the implant root has grown together with the bone, and only then is the final denture inserted. A temporary denture hides the existing gap until the implant root has healed completely. After the healing period, the finished crown is inserted and you can look forward to a flawless smile!