IMPLANTOLOGY

:: WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

A dental implant is like a small "anchor" made of titanium. It replaces tooth roots that have been extracted. After the implant has firmly fused with the bone, the actual tooth replacement can be placed. The objective is to achieve natural tooth function and appearance.

Dental implants are used in different situations, either to replace single teeth or to fill large gaps; they are also used as anchor posts to secure full dentures.

"I was surprised to see how uncomplicated the implant treatment was. My new teeth look great, and they feel great, too!"

:: HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?

Implantology has been scientifically accredited since 1982, and it has fully matured in practical application. The lifetime of your dental implants greatly depends on you. With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, your implants can last for decades. Our practice team will gladly show you how to optimally care for your dental replacement so that you can enjoy your new teeth for a long time. The cost will be forgotten, but the joy of re-gained health and quality of life will remain.

:: DENTAL IMPLANTS

Not only from commercials do we know: A bright, happy smile often says more than a thousand words. With nice teeth, we simply feel better and project an image of vitality and self-confidence. Moreover, with strong teeth, we can freely "take a bite" and enjoy. One important medical function of healthy teeth is not well known: The natural masticatory (chewing) forces uniformly apply stress to the jawbones, thus helping to preserve them. If this stress ceases due to loss of teeth, bone loss is inevitable. Like natural teeth, dental implants help to preserve the masticatory function of the jaw. When tooth loss occurs, whether due to caries, periodontal disease or trauma, one obviously wants a replacement that restores the natural appearance and function of the lost tooth as best as possible. Dentures can only partly meet these expectations: Because one no longer has a "firm bite", bone loss will inevitably occur. When a bridge is placed, it may be necessary to grind down healthy adjacent teeth, which has certain risks. Dental implants are the modern alternative. They have been used in daily practice for decades and have proven reliable several thousand times over.

:: HOW ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS INSERTED?

The implant is firmly secured in the jawbone, where it assumes the role of the tooth root. In principal, almost any missing tooth can be replaced with an implant-supported crown, which is inserted in exactly the same spot as the old tooth with no detriment to appearance or masticatory function. Implants can also be used to secure bridges and dentures. Because of its exceptionally good biological tolerance, titanium has established itself in practice as the material of choice for implants. Implants are frequently root-shaped and usually have a rough surface. This serves to improve healing and ensures firm bonding with the jawbone. Forty years of scientific research and practical experience have shown that implants are an optimal and long-lasting solution to the problem of tooth loss. As with other surgical interventions, complications can, of course, occur following implant surgery. In addition, the individual, patient-specific conditions and possibilities for treatment must be thoroughly evaluated by an experienced implantologist and discussed with the patient. The patient can also contribute to long-term success: Like the natural teeth, implants require thorough and regular oral hygiene. And more importantly: Smoking increases the risk of implant failure. Smokers who stop smoking by the time of implant surgery reduce the risk of failure of an artificial tooth root.

:: ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

... Promote the preservation of facial contours
... Promote the preservation of bone in the jaw and avoid the need to grind down healthy teeth, as is required with bridges
... Can alleviate the pain associated with poorly fitting partial or full dentures
... Stabilize tooth replacements, providing for stability when eating and a self-confident smile.
... Most closely emulate the appearance and function of natural teeth.

:: DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGY - A NATURAL SOLUTION

Dental implants are the method of choice for replacement of missing teeth. They are inserted in the jawbone, where they serve as an "anchor" for the stable and lasting fixation of dental crowns. It is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth. Bone loss due to "atrophy" does not occur because the implant serves as an "artificial tooth root" that conducts masticatory forces into the jawbone.

Single implant placement for replacement of a missing tooth root is the most elegant way to achieve cosmetically flawless gap closure. In the toothless jaw, dental implants provide secure fixation of removable full dentures and spare patients the disadvantages generally associated with conventional dentures.