Implants – the theory

Cabinet Dentaire de Rumine, implant experts in the centre of Lausanne

Discover the benefits and potential drawbacks of dental implants

A dental implant is a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone. This screw imitates the natural dental root and supports the prosthetic suprastructure (such as an artificial tooth). A minimum bone volume is required to ensure the screw is sufficiently stable. Accordingly, before inserting any implants, we must check the quantity and quality of bone available with an X-ray. If there turns out not to be enough bone, pre-implant surgery would be required to enhance it – this is known as a bone graft.


The dental implant offers many advantages:

  1. It feels just as comfortable in the mouth as the natural tooth.
  2. Fitting an implant helps preserve the neighbouring teeth, while a bridge requires adjacent teeth to be trimmed.
  3. Just like the root of a natural tooth, the dental implant transmits the forces of chewing to the bone underneath.
  4. This helps maintain bone with normal quality and volume. The result looks fantastic.

The dental implant is therefore a good way to achieve comfort and the look of your natural smile.


However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved in dental implants, including “treatment failure”.


This only occurs in very exceptional cases and is mostly due to occlusal overload, i.e. there is too much pressure on the implant when chewing, or bruxism (tooth grinding).


We believe it’s important to take into account the patient’s main long-term aim for improvement, which involves taking the time to discuss all alternative treatment options with them in detail.

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