What are dental implants? Everything there is to know.

All the maxilla and mandible teeth represent a stable whole, keeping one another in place. A single missing tooth can cause numerous complications.
Additionally, when one or more teeth are missing, it’s important to replace them quickly. An implant is the best solution for:

  • Preserving bone and gum volume
    • Preventing the movement and possible loss of adjacent teeth
    • Facilitating chewing, thus promoting optimal digestion
    • Reducing risk of gum disease
    • Harmonizing the smile
    • Maintaining optimal speech
    • Prevent temporo-mandibular articulation problems

What are dental implants?

Implantology is about replacing the missing root from a natural tooth with an artificial one. The artificial root fully supports the prothesis, without using adjacent teeth, which are then preserved and intact.

The dental implants can be placed in the lower or upper jaw to replace one or more missing teeth, but also to replace a removable (dental) prosthesis with a fixed prosthesis.

What are dental implants for?

The dental implants can be placed in the lower or upper jaw to replace one or more missing teeth, but also to replace a removable prosthesis with a fixed prosthesis or stop your removable prosthesis from moving.

In the loss of a tooth, an implant can be placed in the space left by the missing tooth. A crown is then fixed to the implant. This new tooth looks and acts just like natural teeth.
During the loss of two or more adjacent teeth, implants can be placed in the spaces left by the missing teeth. Depending on the case, you may not need to place an implant for each tooth to be replaced. Single-unit crowns or a bridge are then fixed on the implants.
For total edentulism in the mandible or maxilla: • a complete fixed bridge can be carried out on several implants. • a complete removable prosthesis can be stabilized with several implants. The number of implants placed based on our bone quality, the prosthesis type chosen and its placement (upper or lower jaw).
2 implants may be enough at the mandible to stabilize a full prosthesis (or at the maxilla). A bar connects the implants.

Benefits of dental implants

  • Effective chewing: securely attached, you have the same sensations and can eat as normally as with natural teeth.
  • Natural speaking: the implants leave the palate is totally free, making it possible to speak naturally.
  • Esthetic: the dental prosthesis placed over the implant makes it esthetically identical to a natural tooth.
  • Invisible: you can smile, laugh or yawn with the implants comfortably, without risk of seeing any brackets or metallic prosthesis parts.
  • Long-lasting restoration & security: today, placing dental implants is a proven technology with an extremely high rate of surgery success.
  • Sustainability: patients with good oral hygiene can keep their implants for years.

The steps of implant treatment

1) Diagnosis / pre-implant consultation

Pre-implant questionnaire

Your clinician will take you through a questionnaire in order to:

  • identify any contraindications for placing dental implants (serious cardiac pathologies, advanced osteoporosis, infectious diseases, etc.)
    • assess beforehand any medical situations like local infection, type II diabetes, anticoagulant medications, etc.

Pre-implant exam

Your clinician will perform an oral examination to assess the condition of the area to implant and to find any cavities or gingivitis.

Your clinician will be able to prescribe or perform a 3D exam (scan or cone beam) to guarantee maximum security. It also detects any important elements: nerves, sinus or anatomic variations in the area to implant.

These exams make it possible to create a specific treatment plan, adapted to your particular situation and will inform you on the different steps, the duration of the treatment, and all the associated treatment.

2) Implant placement

As a first step, the clinician will prepare the placement of your root-to-be. The clinician will then perform several new alveoli to be able to place the dental implant(s). The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and aseptic conditions.

3) Gingival and bone healing

Depending on the case, the clinician will go for a single procedure or two separate procedures, with a few weeks in between. In most cases, three to six months are enough before placing the crown, to let the implant integrate will in the bone (osteointegration).

4) Placement de la prosthesis

The crowns and bridges are placed on the implant(s) placed in the mouth. After taking the impression, they are made by a dental technician and are set in the mouth at the dental practice by screwing or sealing.
Generally, the implant needs to be integrated to the bone in which it was placed before placing the prosthesis.
Sometimes you can preview the placement with a temporary tooth on the same day as the implant placement. This chosen solution will be assessed case-by-case based on the clinical indications.

5) Follow-up

Once you’re back home, it’s important that you follow your clinician’s instructions and keep good dental hygiene. You must regularly see your dentist to prevent any complications. Your dentist will tell you how to clean and maintain hygiene for good post-surgicalfollow-up.

Choose LYRA - ETK

The guarantee of 100% French production

Located at the heart of the European capital in micromechanics and machining, ETK has an environment conducive to integrating the necessary know-how for implant production (specialized qualified implementation and major technological offer). At the Sallances site (74), every step from design to placement benefits from this know-how.

More than 20 years of clinical experience.

After 4 years of research, a French implantologist created ETK in 1992, a French company specialized in the development, production and sale of dental implants.

A quality reference

ETK is subject to the following standards, directives and references: ISO 13485. Our products are CE certified, with certification number 0459.

An international focus

ETK is represented across the world by subsidiaries and distribution companies in 30 countries over 5 continents.

Patient testimonies

Dominique

48 years old

“My stellite got painful and I felt discomfort in hot and cold temperatures, but also when I did sports, particularly when I trained in altitude. Since I got my implant, it’s been great. These problems have vanished!”

Jacques

79 years old

“I’m not 20 anymore but I have all my teeth! Six of them are implants. I don’t remember which are which. I haven’t had to worry about them in the last 10 years. The implants don’t need any special care. I’m certain this was the best possible solution.”

Anne

33 years old

“I lost some teeth on a pre-molar in the lower jaw, and I had to get an implant to not get a bridge and not damage my two adjacent teeth. The surgery was very simple and pain-free. Since I got it, I can smile and chew comfortably!”

Christophe

49 years old

“I got 3 implants over 7 years ago. I was reluctant at first. I was scared of the surgery. But I wouldn’t hesitate a single second! It’s a lot less painful than getting a tooth pulled. It’s super comfortable. It feels exactly the same as a real tooth, except I can be sure that these artificial teeth won’t deteriorate one day.”

Jean-Claude

72 years old

“Unsealed bridges, worn crowns, teeth to pull, my mouth was an absolute nightmare. Getting the four implants totally reconstructed my low jaw. No more chewing problems. I don’t think about my teeth anymore… I currently have a stellite in my upper jaw, with all the bad stuff that comes with it. I’d love to replace it with an implant so I can be comfortable. Now, I can smile and laugh without feeling bothered.”

Frequently asked questions about dental implants

After approving the treatment plan designed by your clinician based on your specific case, your expectations and your budget, your treatment will follow 4 main steps: • Preparation: extraction of non-preservable teeth, scaling and sanitization of the remaining teeth and gums. • Placing of the implants. • Gingival and bone healing for 3 to 6 months. • Placement of the permanent prosthesis
The duration varies depending on the scope of the procedure and the prosthesis to place, and generally the treatment lasts a few months. In some cases, placement of the prosthesis can immediately follow the implants.
To eliminate any sensitivity or pain, surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Your clinician will give you adapted premedication. Usually you can go back to your usual activities the next day: work, exercise, leisure, etc.
The implants and prosthetic elements placed in the mouth are made of implantable medical grade titanium that comply with the requirements of standards ISO 5832 and ISO 10993. The origin of the raw materials is controlled, certified and traced for each batch of implantable components and compliance with the requirements ISO 13485, ISO 9001 and the European directive 93/42/EEC, providing the CE marking.
The success rate is 98%.
The cost of treatment depends on several factors: • The number of teeth to replace. • The number of implants to place. • The complexity of cases to treat. • The type of prosthesis to place. Your dental surgeon will give you a quote for the surgery (placing the implant) and one of the prosthesis (crown or apparatus) before starting the treatment to propose a solution suitable for your case and your budget.