Questions and answers about implantology

Dental implants can replace one, more, or even all teeth. If only one tooth is missing, this can be replaced by a single implant. A crown is then added to the implant. If more teeth are missing, often several implants must be placed, so that a bridge or denture can be attached to them.

Implants offer a high level of comfort for the wearer, as they feel just like your own teeth and you can bite just as strongly with them. Dental prosthesis and dental implants meet the highest aesthetic demands and are very durable. Also, the jaw bone remains stable and doesn’t degrade. Healthy neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground down, and bridges and dentures sit securely and don’t rub thanks to implants.

For the insertion of implants, there must be enough healthy bone tissue available so that they can be firmly and permanently anchored into the jaw. If there is not enough bone available, this can be augmented in advance. In addition, thanks to the All-on-4™ procedure, full dentures can also be converted into firmly anchored fixed dentures without bone reconstruction. To do this, four special implants are sufficient.

Implants are generally made of titanium, as it is very stable and very well accepted by the body. Furthermore, titanium bonds strongly to bone tissue. In rare cases, implants are also made of zirconia ceramic. On the other hand, we always manufacture the crown or bridge from all-ceramic, to the extent possible and desired.

Heavy smokers (more than 5 cigarettes a day) have a higher risk of losing implants than non-smokers – this mainly concerns major interventions involving bone augmentation. We recommend any patients who do smoke to quit smoking before fitting the implants. If you do not want to do this, you should not smoke for at least one day before the implant and ten days after to aid tissue repair.

In the long term, smoking gives rise to a significantly higher risk of inflammation and bone loss around the implant. Therefore, it is generally recommended to give up smoking entirely. Your general practitioner can help you with this and give you helpful advice how best to quit smoking.

You can start eating again as soon as the numbness has subsided. However, you should avoid drinks that increase blood pressure, such as cola or coffee, and very hard foods which could damage your gums. Very acidic or spicy foods also irritate the edges of the wound and impair its healing. You must avoid dairy products such as milk, yoghurt or quark in the first week after the surgery, as these contain very many bacteria. In addition, clean your teeth by brushing carefully with a toothbrush followed by rinsing. Please leave the wound area alone when doing this.

The same rules apply for implants as for your own teeth: good oral hygiene is essential! The use of inter-dental brushes and dental floss is important to keep the areas between the implants clean. Our experienced dental hygienists will be happy to help you and give you advice so that you can enjoy your implants for a long time.

Over the years, dental implants have proven themselves millions of time world-wide. The probability that incompatibilities or implant loss occur is extremely small. In Germany alone, more than one million implants are successfully inserted every year.

With good oral hygiene and optimal care – which includes placement, after care, and professional cleaning – a dental implant can last a lifetime. But you need to help! Brush your teeth thoroughly and use dental floss and inter-dental brushes – we will show you the best way to clean your implants. In addition, you shouldn’t smoke, and you should come at least twice a year for professional teeth cleaning.

No, the surgery can be performed painlessly under local anaesthetic. For larger-scale operations involving bone augmentation, treatment under general anaesthetic or sedation may be indicated. If you prefer to sleep through the treatment, we obviously always offer you the implantation under twilight sleep or general anaesthesia.

Immediately after the operation, the medication given to you during the implantation will continue to have an effect, so you won’t feel any pain. Once at home, to prevent further pain, start taking the pain medication we will prescribe. You will always receive an appropriate prescription before the surgery. In less than a week, all discomfort will be gone.

The costs are determined individually, depending how many implants must be set. You will receive a treatment and price plan from us, so that you can estimate all the costs and clarify with your health plan or insurance.

Statutory health plans do not cover the surgical plant of the implant treatment (setting the implant or bone augmentation). They do, however, always grant the fixed allowance to which you are entitled for the prosthetic treatment (manufacture of the prosthesis). The allowances are based on an assessment at the beginning of the treatment.

Private health insurance will pay depending on the terms and conditions of the insurance, in some cases even up to the full cost. We will be happy to advise you further in a personal consultation.

With the All-on-4™-Method, the edentulous jaw is treated with a fixed, implant-supported prosthesis in just one day. Four special implants per jaw ensure the necessary support, without which bone augmentation would have to be performed.

They are a special type of implant, with a special length so that they can be inserted into the cheekbone (lat. Os zygomaticum). This in many cases renders bone augmentation operations superfluous.

Zygoma implants are made of titanium, like conventional dental implants. The difference between the two types lies only in the length of the implants. Whilst regular implants use lengths of between 5 and 18 mm, zygoma implants are between 30 and 55 mm long.

Yes. Either with a combination of two zygoma implants in the area of the first molar and “normal” implants in the area of the front teeth, or with two on each side. Since the zygoma implant can be anchored directly into the cheekbone, costly and time-consuming bone augmentation can be avoided.

Yes, they can be used for almost every patient. However, they do require a detailed examination by the dentist. This option will only be considered if there is no other way to insert regular implants. This is the case if there is too little bone available in the upper jaw. Patients who cannot or do not want to undergo surgical bone augmentation may also benefit from these special implants.

Our dentists Dr Harder and Dr Mehl are certified specialists in the field of implantology. Don’t hesitate to call us at any time and book an appointment! We are glad to be at your service.

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