Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are firmly anchored to the jawbone. Mainly they are made from pure titanium that has characteristics of an outstanding support that they grow into the bone and are especially friendly to the tissue. The implant adopts the same functionality like the initial root of the tooth. It directly grows into the bone and results to a fixed denture (e.g. crowns or bridges) or caters as an anchor for removable dentures.
Providing implants are an elaborate intervention requiring routine and long lasting experience in this technique. Here at Mein Zahn prior each implantation you will receive a comprehensive consultation. You entirely will be informed about the procedure, potential risks, the costs and the advantage of the implant provision. Preliminary examination, including e.g. x-rays, is required to exactly fix the implant.
For Whom Implants are suitable?
In fact, implants provide a perfect solution but they could not be suitable for each patient. Here at Mein Zahn we intensively consult you in the run-up about the pros and cons of implants as well as your individual suitability.
The following conditions should be met:
- Prior to each implantation a germ test of the oral cavity should be conducted to minimize the risk of the growing in and also to secure a sustainable success. Certain germs in the oral cavity in the gingival pockets may ruin the success. Such preliminary examinations in Switzerland are already mandatory.
- Diseases of the gums and the bones prior to the implantation must be effectively treated. This is of vital importance for the implant’s lifespan.
- Before the implant can be fixed defective fillings or lose crowns must be revised and very often also a basic restauration has to be done.
- The jawbone must be strong enough to provide the implant with a sufficient stability. A potential deficit may be removed by bone rehabilitation, artificial bone replacement material, or cells produced naturally in the body.
- From its anatomy not each jaw is suitable for an implant – thus in the run-up the condition of the jaw must be clarified (height, width, density of the bone).
- With nocturnal bruxism a shin pad should be applied during the night to avoid later complications.
- As a rule, after a tooth loss an implant should be as early as possible fixed. Some implants may be stressed immediately after the placement of a crown but usually a certain healing period is required.
The advantages of Dental Implants in a Glance
- In opposite to laxly sitting prostheses they provide for fixed dentures .
- The masticatory function completely will be restored and also aesthetic claims entirely will be fulfilled.
- Implants have gone easy on the existing tooth structure since on the contrary to provided bridges no grinding of the neighbouring teeth is required.
- Implants have avoided bone retardation since via the implant pressure and impulse will be transferred onto the jawbone and thus the retardation of the bone structure may be avoided.
- The jawbone in its shape remains, mouth, lips, and cheeks retain their natural elasticity.
- An implant may not become decayed but must be fluoridated regularly. This suppresses the reproduction of bacteria. The fluoridation may be done at home or while the recommended semi-annual oral hygiene.
By which an Implantation may fail?
An implantation may fail if the implant does not grow in, it is stressed too early or too strong, or the bone is insufficiently supplied with blood. Notably diabetics and smokers here are disadvantaged. In particular, a high risk arises from an inflammation of the wound. This may – your own teeth alike – result in the loss of the implant and can be attributed to a poor oral hygiene. Mostly this appears durch the healing phase or the first 18 months following the intervention.
What to Consider for the Care of Implants?
In particular, the implants must be be cared of very thoroughly, most consistently and with special tools – like e.g. embrasure brushes. Hence, this avoids that leftovers are deposited and plaque and germs are built up.
The gums around the implants always must be completely free from inflammation because local inflammations will result in the loss of the implant.
When Implants are not appropriate?
Dental implants should not be used for children, adolescents, pregnant or possible diseases. In particular, such diseases include metabolic disorders (e.g. not controlled diabetes mellitus, disorders of the bone metabolism), a weakened or diseased immune system (through certain blood cancer diseases, drugs, HIV) or serious rheumatic diseases. By this bodily weakness the infection hazard during an implantation would be too high.
7 Reasons for an Implantation
- Teeth will be replaced singular, a grinding of neighbouring teeth can be avoided
- The cleaning of the gaps is possible with a dental floss like with own teeth.
- The bone substance will survive
- Removable dentures may be replaced by fixed dentures
- Due to a modern 3D planning a safe treatment as well as with difficult starting conditions
- Safety by a professional oral surgical therapy
- Enhanced self-esteem, confident appearance, better chewing comfort, enhanced speech and aesthetics