Fully customized implant treatment in just five steps
Every implant treatment consists of five steps – regardless of whether only a single tooth needs to be replaced or extensive restoration is required. The therapy is tailored to your specific needs, whilst remaining a five-step, standardized procedure.
Step 1 – Consultation
To define the right treatment for you, your dentist will assess your personal initial situation. For the diagnosis and individual case planning, the following data are needed:
- Diagnostic casts
- Special function tests
Many dental practices already work digitally. This offers numerous advantages, particularly for diagnostics, planning, and workflows. It enables X-rays that are prepared with digital volume tomography (DVT) or computed tomography (CT) to be used to support dental diagnostics. It also facilitates individual patient-oriented case planning. Thus, the bony structures can be precisely imaged. Based on the images, the future position of the implants can be planned on the computer. Thanks to the latest technologies, your dentist can also design prosthetic restorations on implants from other manufacturers and have them custom fabricated for you by Camlog.
In some cases, the restoration can also be designed virtually. This enables you to visualize your future restoration and appearance more easily. During this first examination, your dentist will also inform you about alternative treatment options and discuss which pretreatments are necessary. Oral health is crucial here.
Step 2 – Pretreatment
For an implant treatment to be long-lasting and successful, it is very important to have good oral health. The following pretreatments may be necessary to achieve this end:
- Elimination of caries, dental pockets, or other oral diseases
- Bone augmentation
An implant should be placed in a physiologically optimal position to absorb chewing forces and transmit them to the bone. If there is not enough bone available, your dentist has a number of options to augment the bone and to create a stable foundation.
Example of bone augmentation before implant placement
In the region of the maxillary sinus, the bone often loses significant height in the upper jaw. To create a sufficiently stable foundation for insertion of the implant, the bone can be augmented with substitute materials using special techniques.
Bone augmentation in the upper jaw: The mucous membrane of the maxillary sinus is lifted and the cavity is filled with bone substitute material. This procedure is called sinus floor elevation. After the augmentation, there is enough bone available to hold an implant.
The bone substitute material is converted into bone by biological processes and provides a base for an implant restoration that is stable over the long term.
Whether bone augmentation or soft tissue treatment is necessary depends on your individual situation as assessed by your dentist. Bone substitute material is often used if there is significant bone loss or severe gum recession. In cooperation with BioHorizons, Camlog offers scientifically validated biomaterials such as the dermal tissue matrix NovoMatrix™, in addition to bone substitute material. This creates healthy, strong, and esthetic gums around the teeth or implants.
Your dentist will determine which pretreatments are necessary and discuss with you whether the treatment duration or the healing process can be shortened by L-PRF autohemotherapy.
Example of bone augmentation during implant placement
The missing bone volume must be increased to provide stable anchorage for the implant in the bone.
If there is minimal bone loss, the bone augmentation can be performed at the same time as the implant placement. This saves you from having a surgical procedure.
The replacement material converts to stable bone during the healing period of the implant.
Step 3 – Implantation
Modern anesthetic and implant techniques ensure that surgery is as gentle as possible. The time needed for the operation depends on the number of dental implants and your individual situation.
The first stable connection with the bone is already established the moment the implant is inserted. During the weeks following placement of the implant, bone growth cells attach to the implant surface. This process is referred to as osseointegration.
After placement of the implant, you will receive your personal Camlog implant passport from your practice team. The passport contains the Camlog implant(s) used in your case and any biomaterials that were used are traceably documented.
Step 4 – Insertion
After the implantation, it takes a few months for the bone cells to attach to the dental implant and for it to heal. Until your new teeth are fabricated by the dental technician, you will be given a temporary restoration as required.
For the best possible functional and esthetic result, try-ins may be necessary. Depending on your situation and individual needs, different implant restorations are available: single-tooth, bridge, or a whole row of teeth in the upper and lower jaw. Your dentist will discuss this with you. Your new restoration will be inserted after function-testing and esthetic impact have been monitored. Your new teeth are now fully functional and can be loaded.
Shaping of the gums for a natural-looking treatment result.
The intermediate piece (abutment) is inserted into the implant so that the crown can be secured to it.
The final implant restoration with an example of a single‑tooth reconstruction.
Step 5 – Care
The same rules apply for dental implants as for natural teeth. As well as your daily dental hygiene with a toothbrush and other aids for cleaning interstitial spaces, professional dental cleaning (PDC) in the dental practice is the best investment for ensuring the longevity of your dental implants. This will ensure the long-term success of your “investment” and protect your teeth and gums from inflammation.
Your practice team will advise you about caring for your dental implants, oral care products and their use and look after your regular check-ups. You’ll have more than one reason to wear your smile with pride.