What is an implant?

Implants are artificial tooth roots. They are anchored in the jaw bone to replace lost teeth. Implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth.
They can also constitute the support for an extensive fixed dental (bridge) or removable dentures (prosthesis).

When is a treatment with implants reasonable?

  • When a single tooth is lost, an implant replaces the missing tooth with a ceramic crown both aesthetically and functionally.
  • When entirely healthy teeth adjacent to a gap are not supposed to be ground, an implant is the treatment of choice in order to look after the gap.
  • If separate teeth adjacent to a gap have been treated with crowns or special fillings (e.g. out of ceramic), these do not need to be removed during an implant placement.
  • When the last teeth at the back are missing in the row of teeth (reduced dentition) and no abutment tooth is available for closure.
  • As a therapy, only removable dentures would be possible here.
  • In this case, functional and aesthetic dentures with a fixed hold can be anchored on the implant.
  • If several teeth are missing, through implants, fixed, comfortable bridges can often be integrated, where otherwise removable dentures would be required.
  • If only a few teeth are left, or none at all, implants offer new perspectives:
    • A dental prosthesis can be firmly anchored on implants
In the case of a large number of implants, a non-removable denture can even be implemented
    • Especially in the toothless lower jaw, when the jawbone is severely receded, a full denture often offers unsatisfactory hold
    • Implant-supported dentures are securely in place without wobbling and thus provide a significantly improved feel.

What is the procedure for the treatment?

As the first step of a dental implant treatment, we draw up a plan tailored to your individual situation.
After thorough preparation, the actual implantation takes place.
The healing period lasts approximately three to six months, depending on the situation – during this time adequate cure takes place.
A temporary measure enables chewing and speaking during this time.
After the healing period, the dentures can be fixed onto the artificial root almost invisibly.

Chronological treatment:
Step 1: initial assessment
Step 2: planning
Step 3: insertion
Step 4: healing
Step 5: sustaining/treatment
Step 6: most importantly – preservation

Do implants need intensive care?

With implants, you have opted for a very high-quality dental prosthesis.
The implants anchored in the bone are severely endangered by bacterial plaque.
This plaque must be removed carefully and thoroughly, otherwise there is a risk of gingivitis and later inflammation of the bone (peri-implantitis), which can endanger the consistency of the implants. 
Intensive dental care with special dental floss and cleaning brushes is therefore essential.
You need to care for your implants even more than for your own teeth!
With our dental hygienist, we will gladly advise and support you in the process.