Prosthetic solutions are used to replace damaged or missing teeth. New dental crowns and bridges are individually designed and supported by either remaining natural teeth or dental implants. Prosthetic solutions are available for a single tooth, several teeth, or a full jaw.
What is an implant?
Dental implants serve as artificial roots, firmly anchored into the jawbone, that support removable or fixed tooth replacements.
When are implants appropriate?
When one tooth or several teeth are missing, or when the whole jaw is completely without teeth. Various treatment processes and implant solutions are available that take the medical and personal needs of the patient into account. The dentist will advise the patient on the optimal solution.
Why is placing an implant recommended?
Dental implants ensure that the jawbone remains functional and help prevent further bone loss. This reduces the risk of a chain reaction, which, in the most extreme cases, can result in the loss of all teeth. Dental implant treatment can restore the patient’s natural appearance, self- confidence and ability to eat the things they like.
What material are implants made of?
Dental implants are made of commercially-pure titanium – a material proven to be accepted by living tissue (biocompatible). Adverse reactions to titanium are extremely rare.
With proper care and regular checkups, your implants can last for a lifetime. Many patients have had implants for 15 years and longer. The likelihood of an implant still being fully functional after ten years is greater than 90%.
What are the age limitations for implants?
Typically, implants are not placed in individuals whose jawbones have not yet fully developed. But, good health is a primary deciding factor. In healthy older adults, the prospects of success are virtually the same as for younger people.
Is implant treatment unpleasant or even painful?
No, implants are generally placed under local anesthesia. Placing the implants involves minimal discomfort for the patient.
With implants, how long do I have to wait for my new teeth?
In ideal cases, some implants can be restored right after the implant is placed, during the same visit. This means that you can leave your dental professional’s office with a temporary ,or even permanent, prosthetic in place. In most cases, you will have to wait until the implant is sufficiently bonded to the bone.
Will I be able to feel the implants?
Once placed, implants cannot be felt. Titanium implants are completely biocompatible and very well-tolerated by the body. The same applies to all-ceramic replacement teeth.
What does tooth replacement cost?
Everyone is different. As a result, the cost of the implant procedure and preparation of the tooth replacement will differ as well. For this reason, it is not possible to give an all-inclusive cost estimate.