A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium, a well tolerated metal that integrates readily with the body.
In order to take over the function of the tooth root, the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone by a short operation, usually under local anaesthetic. It subsequently forms a solid base for the long-term, stable fixation for the final restoration.
The advantages of Dental Implants
In comparison to dental bridges, when dental implants are placed, the neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground to stumps in order to support the new teeth. Healthy teeth, which have to be damaged in traditional methods, are therefore preserved. Just like natural tooth roots, dental implants transmit chewing forces evenly to the jaw bone, which in turn helps to preserve the natural shape of the bone.
Patients are spared the disadvantages of conventional dentures such as painful pressure points and poor fit. In addition, the palate is no longer covered by denture material. This not only has positive effects on speech but also ensures that natural taste and the joy of eating are not compromised.
When can they be used?
When disease leads to tooth loss.
When an accident leaves a tooth gap.
When teeth have been missing since birth.
Who can have dental implants?
Dental Implants can be used as soon as jaw growth is complete.
It requires a good general state of health, good oral hygiene and adequate bone quality and volume.
It is very important to have a careful treatment planning by the dentist to achieve an optimal and long-lasting outcome.
Possible ways of using Dental Implants
- Missing single tooth
- Several missing teeth
- Complete toothless jaw