of life with dental implants
The implant is a synthetic tooth root made of titanium used in the event of losing one or several teeth. Thanks to modern surgical techniques, it can be done very gently with a high level of reliability, thus being able to heal in the jaw bones and tissue within a short period of time, not only looking natural, but also possessing the stability of one’s own teeth. Implants can also serve as anchors for individual teeth or bridges in addition to securing and stabilising existing prostheses and can therefore be generally applied in a versatile manner. This results in a natural, secure feeling when eating speaking and smiling - a true increase in the quality of life.
Frequent questions regarding dental implants posed by patients
How long does a dental implant last?
A dental implant generally lasts very long. If maintained and cared for regularly, for an entire lifetime. Dental implants have to be cared for just as thoroughly as your own teeth. It is for this reason that we recommend the additional use of interdental brush for home care as well as a professional teeth cleaning twice a year.
Can I eat anything with a dental implant?
Dental implants that has been well secured by the surrounding tissues can be subjected to the same level of stress as your own teeth.
Are costs for dental implant covered by public insurance schemes?
Statutory insurance covers the costs on a prorated basis in the amount of the respective flat rate provided. There are several private insurance companies that assume all costs for dental implants in their entirety. Most additional dental insurances subsidise implant restorations. Detailed information can be found by contacting your insurance company.
What advantages do dental implants have over a bridge?
In order to anchor a bridge into the dental arch, the adjacent teeth are filed down so healthy tooth substance is lost. In the case of a bridge, no replacement of the tooth root takes place. Under certain circumstances, this can lead to recession of the jaw bone since the natural chewing pressing, which is transferred through the root to the jaw, is lacking. When bone disappears, with time, this leads to a poorly seated dental implant and to an unnecessary decrease to the quality of life. In contrast, dental implants do not impair the adjacent teeth and if they are seated well, have an effect on the jaw that is almost like your own teeth.
Are dental implants appropriate for smokers?
While the health consequences of smoking on the generally health condition are known, knowledge of the bad effects on teeth, gums and periodontium is unfortunately not yet so widespread. Smoking endangers each and every tooth. Also, this particularly pertains to dental implants. Smoking is extremely problematic during the healing phase. Nicotine and other tobacco toxins impair and have such an extremely negative effect on the healing process that it can result in implant loss or complete loss of bone structures.