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More quality to life due to tooth implantations

If a gap in the teeth is to be closed or a whole row of teeth is to be replaced, the treatment within regular dental medicine is limited. Implants can be used when the absence of suitable critical points, e.g. the natural teeth necessary for the procedure no longer exist. The implants allow functional, high-quality and aesthetic tooth replacements.

Today, dental medicine can offer solutions which were inconceivable in the past. Gaps, or even completely toothless patients are treated in no time.

Nowadays many people live with artificial roots. In virtually hopeless cases functional, high-quality dentures are possible using implants. However, implant care also has its limitations. The cooperation of the patient is essential to guarantee a long-term survival of the implant. Only patients who pay attention to their oral hygiene can be helped with implants.


Ex.: Cylindrical implants

Photos: approved by Sybron Implant Solutions GmbH

What are implants?

An implant (lat.) is an artificial body which is "planted" into a living organism.

Implants replace missing teeth, including the root. They substitute the former teeth in the jawbone. During recovery, the bone fuses with the implant, enabling it to sit solidly. For at least three months, the implant lies below the oral mucosa, which acts as a protectorate. Afterward an additional device is screwed into the implant, onto which the "new tooth" is then firmly anchored like a customary dental crown.

Instead of the root, the implant receives the pressure caused by chewing and initiates it into the jaw.

Who is in need of implants?

The purpose of every prosthetic dental treatment was always to replace the loss of the natural tooth as realistically as possible. However, the less teeth there are, the more difficult it becomes to reach this goal. Often a flawless function with extensive duration is not possible using prosthesis, due to the changes of the jawbone and the oral mucosa. Over time the prosthesis ceases to fit exactly and looses it's hold.

In many of these cases, dental implants allow for a more optimal solution. Implants are possible for all toothless patients with bad dentures and for patients with big and small tooth gaps.

Ex.: Screw implants

Photos: approved by Sybron Implant Solutions GmbH

Which material do implants consist of?

The material that implants consist of has to be acceptable to the body. Dental implants are comprised primarily of titanium which also acts as a bone like coat. The application of material and the type of implant which is to be used depends on each individual patient. Thus the implant cannot result in a material-conditioned rejection.

How are implants applied?

Previous to the treatment with implants, every patient is thoroughly examined. Periodontosis and cavities in affected teeth must be treated beforehand. In case of a present general illness a consensus with the family doctor might be necessary. If the diagnosis calls for an implantation, the treatment follows a detailed discussion and clarification with the patient. The planning can begin and the operation smoothly carried out. The intervention is carried out under local anesthesia. According the the number of implants being used, the operation lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.

After the implant bed is prepared, the implant is inserted and the mucous membrane sewn closed again. The mucous membrane protects it against unfavorable strain during the recovery phase. Depending on the individual situation, the implant heals into the jawbone after 3 to 6 months. The patient receives an intermediate solution and attends regular check-ups during this time.

Ex.: Screw implants
Photos: approved by the company Straumann

How long do implants last?

The patient himself is responsible for the long-term success of the implant. An accurate and careful oral hygiene ensure protection against dental plaque and infections which could endanger the implants.

Many patients carry their implants free of pain indefinitely. If the patient adheres to all advice given, he will have a lot of satisfaction with his "third teeth" for a long time.

Who pays for the implants?

Treatment involving implants is partially covered by most state health insurance plans, however this varies according to individual plans and the patients needs.

Private health insurance plans usually cover a large portion or up to 100% of the of the fees.

A better quality to life with implants

The "new teeth" provide the patient with renewed self-esteem and a better quality of life. The set of dentures are barely noticeable to the wearer or to others. The functional and aesthetic benefits of implants can achieved at an affordable price. Commonly called "thirds" can be used as natural teeth.

Implant prosthesis:

After the implantation, the artificial roots must merge with the natural bone. This usually happens easily and without repulsive reactions. Hazards for this important process are primarily bacterial infections between the implant and gums which can lead to so-called Periimplantitus and endanger the hold of the implant. Common causes of these infections are pre-existing illnesses of other teeth, for instance, Parodontitis, or the bacterial plaques which result from insufficient oral hygiene.

Only if the implants have grown together stiffly with the bone apparatus and are diagnosed without infections after rehabilitation, the implantation can be considered successful and the real prosthetic care begins. Here there are many types of substitutes and materials that the gap needing to be filled depends on. Whether single crown or bridge, the variants are diverse and must be customized from case to case, depending on the patient's situation. For implant patients there is no age limit, because implants are basically usable without risk. However, implants require good care. Hence, a thorough oral hygiene and participation in the semi-annual prophylaxis check-up in the dentist's practice are essential.


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