Your first implant is likely to be a big step for you. But for modern dentistry, it is now becoming a routine procedure. Implants have been in use for decades and continue to prove their stability and safety every day. Every year, more than one million dental implant procedures are performed in Germany. The number is growing as more and more open-minded patients opt for long-term solutions.
Implants are recommended especially when teeth must be pulled due to loss of enamel, an infection, or fracture, and the chewing function needs to be restored.
Dental implants are mostly made of materials such as titanium or ceramics. They are basically artificial roots that are firmly attached to the jaw bone. This way, they provide far more stability and safety than bridges and spares the enamel of the neighboring teeth. Choosing implants means an increase in quality of life and a positive effect on general health.
Before an implantation, pre-existing health conditions of the patient need to be determined in order to prevent later complications. Especially patients with diabetes, osteoporosis, problems with wound healing, or immune weaknesses, and heavy smokers need to be informed of the risks and side effects. The aforementioned health conditions and habits can lead to difficulties in the wound healing process. In these cases, implants aren’t out of the question, they often just require special methods and procedures.
For the long-term success of dental implants, the most important factor is oral hygiene. If you take care of your teeth, you won’t develop gum disease, and therefore won’t have any problems with your implants.
The next step is determining the bone level and capturing x-ray images. Assessments must be made not only via physical examination of the mouth, but also by evaluating models, x-ray images, or DVT (digital volume tomography).
The procedure itself is performed under outpatient care and only requires local anesthesia. The implantation involves attaching a screw thread made of ceramic or titanium to the bone which later merges with the bone itself. After three to six months, the implant can be exposed and is now able to support a crown.
Implants are able to replace teeth without needing to sand down neighboring teeth and losing precious enamel. They also help reduce the bone loss that occurs in areas where teeth are missing through the forces of mastication applied to the jaw bone. Implants can give removable dentures more stability and make fixed dentures possible where otherwise only a prosthesis would be.
Scientists have examined the influence of implant-supported dentures. They found that the confidence of patients with implants rose considerably compared to the control group with prostheses and bridges. (implantat.com)
Depending on the implant system, an implant in a jaw with incomplete teeth has a success rate of over 92 percent, and in a completely toothless jaw the success rate is 97 percent, according to a study of DGZMK. When you consider the longevity of implants compared to other dentures, it becomes clear why modern dentistry is focusing on this new type of treatment.
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