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Information about Dental Implants

This section of the website is dedicated to inform you all about dental implants and the advantages and requirements for this procedure. Should you not find the answers you are looking for in this section, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can supply you with further information.

What is a Dental implant?

A tooth root made of titanium*
dentalimplant1A dental implant is a small screw made of metal. It consists of titanium, which is well tolerated as the body accepts it as its own. Intolerance occurs rarely.

A short and painless operation for a long-term solution
In order to take over the function of the tooth root, the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone by a short operation under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure. It knits painlessly with the bone, thus forming a solid basis for the long-term and stable fixation of the denture.

Esthetic from the start
Depending on the situation it is possible to load the implant immediately after insertion and attach the final denture. However, since the long-term success should be the main priority in every implant treatment, this decision can only be made after the dentist has carefully considered the medical situation. If the denture cannot be attached immediately, an esthetic temporary denture is placed until the time is right for the final restoration.

 *Titanium: silver-white precious metal; titanium has proved to be particularly biocompatible. The body accepts it as it it were part of it. In dentistry it is used as a  basic material of implants because of its high strength and resistance.

What are the advantages of Dental implants?

Implant-borne teeth:

  • dentalimplant2Are the most natural solution esthetically and functionally.
  • Fit harmoniously into the dental arch.
  • Cannot be distinguished from real teeth in function and appearance in daily life.
  • Provide a stable foundation for the denture. They spare patients the disadvantages of conventional prostheses such as pressure points and poor fit. The palate is not longer covered by plastic denture material, which has a positive effect on speech and the sense of taste.
  • Makes it unnecessary to grind the neighboring teeth.
  • Can prevent bone atrophy*.

 *Bone atrophy: like natural tooth roots, implants transmit chewing forces evenly to the jaw bone. This is stressed during chewing, just like with natural teeth, so it preserves its natural shape. If this stress is absent, as with conventional solutions, the jaw bone shrinks slowly.

When can Dental implants be used?

…when disease leads to tooth loss
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Whether young or old, severe gum or root inflammation, caries and other diseases can cause tooth loss. In these cases, dental implants are a useful alternative to restore the former appearance.

…when an accident leaves a tooth gap
Whether in sport or ordinary life, a small accident leading to loss of one or more teeth happens fast. Here, too, dental implants restore the natural appearance and function. In individual cases, implants can even be inserted immediately after an accident, depending on the damage to the surrounding tissue.

…when teeth have been missing since birth
Tooth gaps can also be due to congenital absence. If teeth have not developed or have grown incompletely, dental implants provide a solid foundation for a denture.

 

Who are Dental Implants suitable for?

For nearly all age groups
dentalimplant4Dental implants can be used as soon as jaw growth is complete. Apart from this restriction, implants can be the optimal solution for all age groups.

Requirements for successful treatment
The basic requirements for successful implantation are a good general state of health, good oral hygiene and adequate bone quality and volume. If the bone volume is not sufficient for placing an implant, there are various ways of building up the bone again to prepare it for successful implantation.

 Detailed discussion, diagnostic investigations and planning are crucially important
Whether implants are the best solution in an individual case can only be determined by detailed examination and discussion with your dentist. If all the medical requirements are met, careful treatment planning by the dentist is also required if an optimal and long-lasting outcome is to be achieved.

 

Are Dental Implants safe?

40 years of intensive independent research
dentalimplant5Since they were developed in the 1960s, the use of implants has been investigated in over 10 000 scientific studies. There are long-term studies observing implant solutions for over 15 years, which clearly confirm the high success rate of over 96%.

Care for long-term success
Just like natural teeth, teeth on implants also require regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. Appropriate care, together with careful treatment planning and correct insertion of the implant, is one of the most important requirements for long-term success.

What does an implant-borne restoration cost?

The costs are as individual as the solutions
dentalimplant6The treatment and the associated costs depend on different factors and are very variable.

The costs of:

  • The number of implants to be inserted
  • The type of restoration chosen
  • The necessary dental laboratory work
  • Building up the bone (only needed in special cases)

The individual treatment and cost plan will usually give information about the costs of the surgery (insertion of the implants, building up the bone), the laboratory (production of the new teeth in the dental laboratory) and prosthetics (fitting the teeth).

 

Who is involved in Dental implant Therapy?

Implant surgery varies in complexity. Your dentist works with a team and normally includes the following dental professionals depending on the complexity of the case:

Maxillofacial & Oral Surgeon (MFOS)
Is a surgeon that specialises in correcting a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is an internationally recognized surgical specialty. In the US (and many other countries) it is one of the nine specialties of dentistry.

Periodontist
Periodontology or Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry that studies supporting structures of teeth, diseases, and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament. A professional who practises this speciality field of dentistry is known as a periodontist.

Prosthodontist
Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.

Dentist
Dentistry is the branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. The dentist’s supporting team – which includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and dental therapists – aids in providing oral health services.

Dental Technician
A dental technician is a member of the dental team who, upon persciption from a dental clinician, constructs custom made restorative and dental appliances.

Dental Implants FAQ's

Risks?
Individual cases: Depending on medical or other conditions of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene, limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.

Pain?
Individual solutions: Dental implants are generally inserted under local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort during the operation. If you experience any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, please make sure to consult with your dentist.

Satisfaction?
Feel good: According to a survey carried out with 10,000 patients in Germany (Riegl Survey6), 66 percent of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations, 31 percent indicated they were “happy”.Of patients having conventional restorations, only 42 percent claimed to be “extremely happy” and 44 percent said they were generally “happy”.

Quality?
Scientifically tested: Long-term surveys have shown that Straumann implants have a survival rate of up to 98 percent. Patients can count on reliable solutions as Straumann makes no compromises on quality.

Aftercare?
Cleaning: Clean first, then implant, then clean again. Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, patients should be aware of the fact that teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure satisfactory results. Regular check-ups and preventative appointments at the dentist are also necessary.

Age Group?
Never too old: As soon as the jaw has stopped growing it is possible to insert implants. In young patients, dental implants can therefore only be used once their jawbones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.