Dental implants are artificial roots that allow missing teeth to be replaced.
If several teeth are missing, several implants may be needed to replace them.
SEE HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK by: paristesdents Implants allow teeth to be fixed in place, rather than having removable dentures (restrictive and sometimes uncomfortable) or a bridge (damages the teeth next to the tooth being replaced).
Implants are usually inserted under local anaesthetic. The procedure does not cause any pain, either during or after the operation.
After a period of three months (which can be reduced to a few days in some cases), the implant will have fused (integrated) with the bone and one or more teeth can be attached.
Temporary implants can be used to hold a temporary prosthesis in place.
Whatever the situation, during the waiting period we will suggest a provisional solution, so you never have any teeth missing.
At the Tonkin Clinic, patients who suffer from dental phobia can have implants inserted under general anaesthetic or under a combination of neuroleptanalgesia and hypnosis.
Implants are never rejected, as long as they are inserted under sterile conditions.
Teeth replaced using dental implants are almost indistinguishable from the original teeth and allow you to eat all types of food.
A maintenance programme must be followed during the first two years after an implant is inserted.
Computer-guided and mini-invasive surgery
All implant procedures carried out at the Bayard Dental Clinic are planned using specialist computer software. 3D images taken by our radiology system are used to create a surgical guide that enables us to insert each implant in the ideal position, as indicated by the computer.
By reducing the number of incisions and sutures, this technique reduces the length of the operation (allow between 5 and 10 minutes for each implant) and guarantees an absence of pain and bleeding after the procedure, which is carried out with a very low dose of local anaesthetic.
– It also allows us to prepare the temporary replacement tooth/teeth, which will be attached to the implant at the end of the procedure. As a result, patients can eat normally and regain their natural smile.
– If all the teeth are missing from either jawbone, and if the bone is thick enough and solid enough, all the teeth can be replaced with 6 implants, inserted in a single session.
See a bone graft
By: Paristesdents some people’s jawbones are too shallow or too thin to provide a solid foundation for an implant.
In such cases, the bone may have to be thickened (bone graft) or the premolar and molar areas may have to be made deeper (sinus filling).
See sinus fill and sinus lift
By: Paristesdents These procedures, which can be carried out under either local or general anaesthetic, do not involve any post-operation pain. However, the time required for bone remodelling increases the total time needed for the treatment to 4 to 6 months.
Some health insurance policies cover all or part of the cost of dental implants.
The implants we use at the Bayard Dental Clinic are made in Brignais, south of Lyon.