What is a dental implant?
A missing tooth or tooth: it is not only uncomfortable while eating or chewing. Often it also attracts attention when you talk or laugh.
An implant offers the solution. And gives back that radiant smile of yours.
Dental implants are strong, tissue-friendly, stuck artificial roots made from titanium and function like natural tooth roots.
Cone Beam CT Technology
In the two branches of the e-clinic there is a cone beam ct scan of the latest generation.
This allows a scan of your jaw with a minimal radiation load. The radiation dose is up to 30x smaller than with a classic CT scan in a hospital. This way a 3D image of your jaw is reconstructed on the PC.
Via a special computer program, the implants are placed virtually in your jaw, just where your bone is of the best quality and in the best place compared to for example the nerve.
During the real treatment, this preparation is meticulously respected. This means that your treatment is safer and less drastic, so that you have less trouble and pain afterwards.
Replacement of 1 tooth
After tooth loss, replacement with a crown on an implant is the right solution, especially if it is a front tooth.
But if you have to replace a tooth in the back of the mouth, and therefore invisible if you are smiling, there is often a tendency to ignore this.
Missing teeth, however, can have a negative effect on your digestion, on the other teeth and on your general oral health.
A healthy tooth enhances the quality of your bone. In addition, healthy teeth will shift or tip in the direction of the missing element due to bone loss. This changes your bite and the way you put pressure when chewing, which also affects the surrounding muscles and joints.
Each individual tooth therefore plays an important role in ensuring that your neighbours do not shift that your jaw bone stays healthy but also to prevent problems with chewing muscles or jaw joints.
The treatment means that an implant is placed in your jawbone. After the ingrowing phase, a crown is fixed on the implant.
Replacement of multiple teeth
Two or more implants are placed in the area where the teeth have been lost.
After the ingrowth phase, a removable prosthesis or fixed bridge is placed on it, with aesthetically perfect adapted teeth, which look completely natural.
There is no need to place an implant for every missing tooth. As a result, the costs of the treatment are kept as low as possible.
In the e-clinic, the most advanced 3D techniques determine which location of the jaw bone is best implanted.
So you can see your implants in your jaw on the computer screen with the surgeon beforehand.
This is a budget-friendly and at the same time very comfortable solution.
Four implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw. After the ingrowth phase, fixed teeth are placed with a shortened dental arch in plastic. You get permanent teeth for the budget of a removable prosthesis.
replace all teeth
If all your teeth need to be replaced, the number of implants you need depends on the solution you choose.
You can choose between a removable snap prosthesis or fixed teeth that are screwed or cemented on the implants.
In the e-clinic you will receive a thorough explanation of the different possibilities of each solution that is possible for you.
Didactic animated films show you the solutions. Based on a 3D analysis of your jaw, the possibilities are thoroughly investigated for you.
Is there a guarantee on my implants?
With Doctor Ehlinger, you are in good hands and you are entitled to a lifelong guarantee when inserting implants.
So if there is any problem, you will not have to worry about extra costs.
Do I have to be hospitalized?
All consultations and aftercare can take place in the e-clinic in Antwerp or in Schilde.
Almost all treatments take place under local anesthesia. But because safety goes for everything, the surgeon carries out the implant treatment himself in the hospital.
Usually the implant treatment is done under local anesthesia. If you are particularly anxious or if the procedure is very extensive, the procedure can also be done under anesthetic.
Am I not too old for implants?
There is rarely someone too old for implants. Older patients find implants especially interesting because they get their chewing function back. In principle, there is no age restriction.
How long does the growing phase take?
In other words, when will I get my new teeth?
Depending on the circumstances, the rule of thumb is: 3 months in the lower jaw and 4 in the upper jaw. After that time, the implant has grown nicely.
Sometimes we place temporary, fixed teeth directly on the implants when a patient has no teeth. So that he can chew back. When a cutting tooth is lost in the front, we also do such an immediate placement of temporary teeth. More information can be found under the heading ‘immediate loading’.
How does an implant treatment work?
1. The surgeon takes radiographs or a CT scan of your jaw during a consultation for the procedure. He discusses the procedure and declares the cost price with you.
2. He then gives you an appointment on which he carefully places the implant or the implants.
3. You will receive a temporary solution as soon as possible so that you can eat again.
4. After the in vitro phase, a porcelain or plastic crown, snap prosthesis or bridge will be placed on the implant / implants.
5. Your teeth are complete again. You chew and laugh again as before.
What is Immediate loading?
In the past, the implants were not allowed to be loaded during the growth period.
Sometimes you had to wait for up to six months between the placement of the implants and the placement of the crown or prosthesis. Today, in certain circumstances, the surgeon can immediately place temporary fixed teeth on your implants. So that you no longer have to wear a removable prosthesis temporarily.