What is implant?
Implant is an exciting treatment alternative that allow us to treat an edentulous space or a missing tooth with an almost equivalent restoration in terms of function, strength, and esthetic. Implant treatment can be divided into 5 stages:
- Diagnostic phase
- Surgical placement of implant
- Uncovering and placing healing abutment
- Restoring the implant
Diagnostic phase involves a thorough examination which the followings will be addressed: i.e., medical history, periodontal health, interarch width, the occlusion, bone height and width, and the health and function of the existing dentition. This is the phase where the success of our implant treatment relies heavily upon. Base on these data, we selects the size, length, and quantity of the implant to be placed. In the case of multiple implant placement, surgical guide will be constructed to ensure path of draw especially in the case of bar and/or locator use in implant restoration. Most importantly, the implant location must be determined as it will dictate the efficiency of implant function and restorative capability.