Dental implants are specially made and tailored to the personal needs of the individual. In an one-on-one interview we will devise a personal and suitable step-by-step treatment plan (with the aid of locally made digital x-rays or CT s).
Important!All infections, such as caries, gingivitis, and periodontal disease, have to be treated before implantation can begin. A healthy periodontium prior and after surgery is of great importance for the long-term success of the procedure!

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How is a dental implant treatment carried out?

An incision into the gums is made under local anesthesia. Then the implant bed is carefully prepared by a special set of drills, before the implant can be placed. The procedure is painless. Only, a slight feeling of pressure can be felt. The surgical site is stitched, and the sutures are removed after approx. 10 days.

Will I be without teeth after the procedure?

No, definitely not.
A temporary solution (a bridge or a small denture) will be provided during the course of the treatment. This applies to instant implants and to the “Teeth in one hour“ system. Interim restorations may not always be based on implants! If instant loading is not possible, a temporary denture attached to the adjacent teeth or implants can be fabricated. In case that this option is not available, detachable temporaries will be arranged in order to preserve your aesthetically pleasing appearance.

What needs consideration after the implantation?

As with any surgical procedure, your behavior immediately after surgery, as well as your regular check-up appointments, will have a considerable impact on the healing process. This includes not only the checkup right after the implantation and healing, but also all the ones after that. Implants need to be examined 3-4 times a year, and they must be cleaned professionally!
Excellent personal oral hygiene is absolutely essential to ensure a long life of your implant!
Smoking greatly suppresses the healing process of your implant!

When will I get my new teeth?

The point of time when an implant can be first exposed to loads is of great importance and depends largely on the individual situation. We distinguish between instant loading and delayed loading.
After a period of healing, the implant is unveiled through a small incision (under local anesthesia). A healing cap, which helps the shaping of the gums while curing, is then used for a span of 2 weeks.
Only now can the prosthetic phase begin, which means that dental impressions for highly accurate crowns, bridges, or bars, can be made. Your dentures are made in our laboratory, where only high quality dental alloys are utilized. The use of inferior compounds is strongly prohibited in our operation. This is the only way to ensure excellent compatibility between the denture and your body.

Exposure Inclusion of an implant-supported crown

What are instant dental implants? What are delayed dental implants?

Instant implant placement refers to the insertion of an implant immediately after extraction of the tooth. A major prerequisite is an inflammation-free area after the extraction. Instant implants are a very convenient for the patient, but entail the highest risk of loss. In general, they are utilized as the preferred method on anterior teeth (incisors and canines), provided that they are not inflamed, and that the amount of bone substance is suitable for implant placement.
Delayed implants feature the lowest risk of loss, because the implant is set only after complete ossification of the tooth socket (approx. 3 months). Its almost guaranteed high rate of success established this method as a "standard implantation procedure" in our practice.
The risk of infection after delayed implantation is far lower than with instant implants. Your oral hygiene plays a crucial role in the thorough and proper healing of your implant (3-6 months). The healing process will be monitored regularly by our clinic.

What is instant loading? What is a delayed loading?

Instant loading requires a thorough primary stability (high stability of the implant during surgery) and the prompt attachment of a loaded superstructure (crown, bridge or denture). A temporary unit (crown, bridge, denture) can be immediately set and used right after the procedure. An exposure of the implant is no longer necessary, since healing occurs in an uncovered state.
Delayed loading implants require a healing period of 3-6 months. Only then can the implant be exposed and a superstructure fabricated (a dental crown, bridge, or denture). The implant heals without inflammation, and remains isolated and protected from loads. At the same time, local bone growth around the implant steadily strengthens its structure, and diminishes any risk of damage (unlike with instant dental implants).
As a result, the delayed loading method is the preferred method. The use of a detachable transitional denture is required during this time.

What is the teeth-in-one-hour method?

This technique, which can be utilized only under certain conditions, is a combination of instant implant placement, and instant loading. This means, that the offending tooth is replaced by an implant in one session. If the implant exhibits primary stability (strongly secured in the bone structure), a fabricated provisional attachment (crown, bridge) can be immediately anchored in cement. This method does take a little more than one hour, but enables the patient to leave the practice with functional teeth.

What is an implant-supported crown or bridge?

In the following examples fixed dentures are used:

  • In cases where only one tooth is missing, neighboring teeth do not have to be cut (unlike with the use of a bridge). An implant-supported crown may be attached directly to the implant.
  • In case that several teeth are missing, multiple implants may be used as posts for a bridge, so that not every missing tooth needs replacement by an implant (i.e. for 3 missing teeth, only 2 implants can be used). A bridge is then attached to those implants (implant supported bridge).
  • Under very special conditions, both, implants and natural teeth, can be tied in to support a fixed hybrid bridge.

What are implant-supported dentures?

The implant-supported denture is a detachable prosthesis.
If you're one of the many denture wearers who complain about poor fit or painful bruises, you probably know from your own experience that denture adhesives are unable to compensate for these issues.
In that case, implants are the right choice for you. The comfort of a denture can be improved to such a degree, that speaking, laughing, and eating, will feel as if you were doing it with your natural teeth. The following applies: the more implants - the higher the comfort.
This method is used more often in the lower jaw than in the maxilla, because lower dentures are prone to cause problems. Two implants are usually enough for the lower jaw (four are better). At least four implants have to be used in the upper jaw, due to its softer bone structure and form.
All implants are connected by a bar. This serves both to stabilize the implants, as well as, to improve prosthodontic anchoring. If the implants exhibit high primary stability, instant loading may be possible.
If multiple implants are set (6-8 per jaw), dentures can be constructed to be only supported by implants. The ridges of the jaw are not exposed to pressures (unlike with "normal" dentures), which prevents the occurrence of bone resorption.

How do I care for my implants?

For information on how to properly conduct your oral hygiene, please click here. For the large spaces in between the teeth and the implants, we recommend either a special type of floss (ex: Special-floss by Meridol, or Super-floss by Oral B), or interdental brushes (properly sized for the spaces they are used for). Our dental hygienists will be more than happy to provide additional information.