Implants are the basis on which dental prostheses are placed after the loss of a tooth. One advantage of implants is the protection of the neighbouring teeth: With solutions such as bridges and partial dentures without the use of implants, healthy tooth substance is removed, because the existing teeth must serve as pillars or support. If, on the other hand, an implant is inserted, the natural teeth are preserved.
Dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, anchored and grow together with the bone during the healing phase. The implant itself is only the attachment in the bone: The actual dental prosthesis – which can be bridges, prostheses or crowns – is placed on top of the implant and fixed in place. Since the implant is anchored in the jawbone, the method comes closest to natural teeth..
Bone structure for dental implants
If there is not enough bone available in a patient, dental implants may still be possible. Already during the preliminary examination, we use x-rays to determine whether a bone structure is necessary. In doing so, we create the basis for implants to be anchored in the jaw in a stable and long-term manner.
Successful implantation always depends on the patient’s jawbone, which accommodates the artificial tooth root. The better the bone quality, the more successful an implantation will be. However, if the jaw base is not sufficient, the bone can be built up using a special technique. If there is little lack of substance, it can be filled with bone chips or tissue from the neighbouring jawbone can be transplanted. In the case of small defects, it is even possible to build up the bone at the same time as the implantation.
Applications for implants
Implants are suitable both for single teeth and as a basis for bridges and dentures. Especially in the case of an edentulous jaw, implants have the advantage that the stable fit in the jawbone is secured. Full dentures with palatal plate are an alternative, but always inferior to an implant in terms of comfort and aesthetics.
The careful care of the new teeth must also be observed at home. During our regular check-ups we check whether everything is in order or whether patients can improve the care with simple measures. Only in this way is it possible to keep an implant for a long time or even permanently. That’s why we recommend regular professional tooth cleaning at intervals of three to six months in addition to dental care at home.
We also perform surgical procedures such as the removal of wisdom teeth and root tip resections. Our periodontal surgery includes recession coverage of exposed tooth necks, filling of bone defects with Bio-Oss® and regenerative procedures with Emdogain®.
Exact and safe implantation through virtual 3D diagnostics
In dental surgery and implantology, 3D diagnostics have been supporting safety and planning for several years. After exact analysis of the bone conditions and anatomical structures in the DVT, the implant positions, i.e. the angulation and the drilling depth for the insertion of the implants, can be determined virtually. A further advantage of three-dimensional implant planning is the functional and aesthetic improvement of implant prosthetics. Already pre-surgically, a therapeutically ideal dental prosthesis can be produced on the implants in the sense of backward planning.
Here you can make an appointment. We advise our patients whether an implant or another method should be used.