3 – Artificial teeth

3 – Artificial teeth

Once the healing and osseointegration process is complete, the restorative dentist installs the final artificial prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) on the abutment of the dental implant.

The prosthesis is made in the laboratory, using dental models and pictures of the patient.

Several visits to the restorative dentist may be required to get a perfect fit of the final prosthesis on the abutment.

Depending on the method used by the surgeon, a temporary prosthesis can sometimes be attached to the implant at the same time as the implant and the abutment are placed. A close cooperation between the surgeon and the restorative dentist is required to coordinate the temporary prosthesis and implant surgery.

This last stage of the treatment enables the patient to regain normal chewing function as well as a better facial aesthetic.