Dentistry has made great strides in recent history. Through medical advancement and technical progress, new, previously unimaginable ways have emerged to increase the quality of life of todays patients. Implants not only increase comfort while eating or speaking, but also have a more desirable appearance. Where once the choice of different types of dentures and bridges were rather limited, implants offer currently a whole new range of perspectives. Regardless of all the benefits of implants, we must point out that the most important requirement for a long-term treatment success is a thorough and consistent oral hygiene!

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are surgically inserted "artificial dental roots". They serve as a firm foundation for many different kinds of tooth replacement. An implant gets its strength and stability in the same way a tree does from its root system. This is why implants serve as excellent support structures for dentures.

Comparison between tooth and implant with implant supported crown
Comparison between tooth and implant with implant supported crown

Is this a foreign structure in my body? How about Compatibility?

Today’s dental implants are made out of pure titanium. Because of its excellent tissue compatibility, it is very well known and used in many areas of surgery. Given that it prevents allergic and foreign body reactions, titanium provides the highest level of safety for the patient. This is due to its roughened titanium-oxide surface being in direct contact with the bone. This process is called osseointegration of the implant.

Pain and Implants?

Our patients are very often surprised by how painless the setting of an implant actually is. It is, in fact, a minor procedure done under local anesthesia. The oral mucosa can heal entirely within a few days.

What is the life expectancy of a Dental Implant?

According to international statistics, approximately 90% of all dental implants are in a good working condition after the first 5 years. Most implants last much longer, sometimes even more than 30 years. This outcome is largely dependent on the possible occurrence of an infection. With a thorough personalized and rigorous infection prevention, and immediate postoperative and regular professional oral hygiene measures, it is possible to increase the rate of success to nearly 100%. However, this result can only be realized by non-smokers!

Who can get Dental Implants?

Nearly anyone can get dental implants. Even patients with diabetes may have implants fitted without any complications. However, there are some conditions which require a thorough health check-up, before a decision about the insertion implants can be made.
Prerequisites for implants are:
- Healthy gums (the entire area of the mouth has to be restored).
- Good oral hygiene,
- Your willingness to keep required future appointments.
A sufficient amount of jaw bone and good bone quality. In case of insufficient bone structure, implant-work can only continue after a bone graft.

What is a bone graft?

In case of insufficient or unhealthy bone substance, a surgical reconstruction of the bone composition is required prior to a dental implant procedure. This process is called bone augmentation. In most cases synthetic bone replacement material (very similar to the original bone) is used. Over a period of 3-6 months, this localized area then undergoes a transformation process where the replacement material is turned into solid bone. Only after this measure can implant work proceed. You will be able to use your dentures, your temporary denture, or your bridge, during a bone reconstruction.

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What complications can occur after an Implantation?

Dental implants are resistant to caries.
Implants do not have a tooth-supporting structure, instead they are directly attached to the jawbone. The connection between the implant and the bone can only be affected by bacteria. Peri-implantitis (inflammation of the implant bed) is the greatest threat to the structural integrity of an implant. It can actually lead to implant failure.
In order to avoid peri-implantitis and to ensure a long lifetime of your implant, two basic conditions have to be met: the surgical procedure must be performed without any difficulty, and, excellent oral hygiene must be maintained.
Plaque can and will compromise your dental implants! Regular dental checkups and periodic professional dental hygiene will support your oral hygiene program, and give us the opportunity to intervene immediately if necessary.
Following the surgery, your dental hygiene habits will have a profound effect on the remaining process and treatment success.
Although implant failure is rarely a topic, faults can arise within a few days, or not for several years. Complications, such as fractures, are possible in any of the parts (screws, body of the implant, prostheses, etc.) of an implant. Some of them are easily solved, and others require the removal or replacement of the implant.