A dental implant is an artificial root in the form of a titanium screw placed in the jawbone. It replaces the root(s) of a missing tooth and is used as a support to make a crown, a bridge or to hold a removable prosthesis.

Dental implants are made of titanium alloy. Titanium is the choice material in implant surgery because it combines total biological compatibility with excellent mechanical resistance.

Implants began to appear in the mid-1980s. So today we have 35 years of experience in implant treatment. Techniques and materials have improved over time. As a result, more and more patients are benefiting from teeth prostheses on implants.


An implant can be placed either immediately after the extraction of a tooth or after the bone and gum have healed. The surgical procedure is often simple and painless. It is done under local anaesthesia, as in the treatment of a cavity. There is usually no painful aftermath. It is performed in the office, by the practitioner himself. The patient can resume normal activity the next day.
The final prosthesis is made after the bone around the implant has healed (osseointegration) within 2 to 6 months.

During the time of treatment, a temporary prosthesis can be made by the patient’s dentist.

Under certain conditions, a temporary prosthesis fixed directly to the implant can be fitted immediately after the implant is placed.


If there is sufficient bone volume, implants can be performed on almost all patients. A medical questionnaire and a 3D X-ray examination (CBCT) confirm the feasibility of the treatment.
If the bone volume is insufficient, and if the patient’s health allows it, there are bone grafting techniques that can correct the lack of volume.


Depending on the area where bone is missing and the type of problem, there are different types of bone grafts.
Sinus filling allows the bone volume of the upper jaw to be restored when the sinus has developed in the space usually occupied by the roots of the premolar and molar teeth. This situation is very common. It involves adding biomaterials to the lower part of the sinus by first pushing back the sinus membrane that lines it.
This operation is performed under local anaesthesia and is painless. The cheek then swells for several days and there is moderate pain after the operation.
The filling must then ossify for 6 months and the implants are then inserted.
In some cases the implants can be inserted in the same session as the sinus filling.

Horizontal and/or vertical grafts are carried out on areas where the bone is too narrow and/or too short. It is sometimes possible to add bone in the same session as the implant placement.

A healing period of 6 to 9 months is then necessary.

These operations are performed under local anaesthesia; the cheek swells for several days and there is moderate pain after the operation.


Having a dental implant requires a minimum of maintenance: having a good oral hygiene and making controls and cleaning every year at your dentist’s.
The risk associated with an implant is the resorption of the bone that holds the implant. This pathology is called peri-implantitis.
When the implant has been placed in good conditions, good hygiene and regular follow-up can in most situations prevent the occurrence of peri-implantitis.
Patients with periodontal disease have a higher risk of peri-implantitis and should pay particular attention to following their maintenance and care sessions.


  • The implant is a choice solution because it allows the replacement of one or more teeth without damaging the other teeth, and offers a fixed, aesthetic and comfortable prosthesis.

  • Implants can generally last for at least ten years.

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