Dental implants are indispensible nowadays
What are they?
A dental implant is an artificial titanium root implanted in the jawbone in order to replace the root of the lost tooth. A few months later, this implant will support a crown, thus restoring the missing tooth. The implant can also be combined with other implants to create bridges to stabilise a removable prosthesis.
When should this procedure be carried out?
How much does it cost?
The cost of replacing a tooth by a crown mounted on an implant is equivalent to the fee for replacing the same tooth with a conventional 3-tooth bridge. Please contact our department to obtain a treatment plan with detailed cost estimates for more complex treatments.
Questions and answers
Is there a high success rate with dental implants?
Based on over thirty years’ clinical experience and over several million patients, the statistics show an implant integration rate of over 98%.
Are there any rejections?
No, there are no rejections. Very occasionally, the bone does not fuse to the implant during the healing phase. In this instance, the implant will be replaced and treatment will take longer.
What is the lifespan of an implant ?
The lifespan of implants is not programmed. They are intended as permanent replacements for the natural dentition. As such, some diseases including periodontitis may pose a threat. This is known as peri-implantitis.
Smoking, a history of periodontal disease and poor oral-dental hygiene are the key risk factors in the onset of peri-implantitis.
Can implants always be used?
Bone volume is analysed accurately by taking X-rays before inserting implants. In cases where the bone volume is insufficient, reconstruction techniques can be used to restore it. Recent progress confirms effective outcomes with limited procedures.
How is this done?
Implants are inserted under a local anaesthetic as in the case of conventional dental treatment.
The patient is prepared in the same way as in an operating theatre to ensure strictly aseptic conditions during the procedure.
Is it painful?
Implant insertion is completely painless because it is performed under a local anaesthetic.
What are the advantages of dental implants compared to dental devices and bridges?
Fixed implant rehabilitation is more comfortable than wearing removable prostheses.
Unlike conventional bridges, implants do not damage adjacent teeth. Furthermore, the implants provide additional support instead of resting on remaining teeth.
If a patient has already been fitted with a removable denture, implants will make this prosthesis much more stable.
Who inserts the implants?
By law, any dentist can insert implants.
We believe that advanced university training in implantology or periodontology is a benchmark to ensure the quality and safety of treatment. The Department of Dentistry at the University of Liege has offered this type of training for many years.