There are different reasons for losing one, several or all teeth at any age. With implantology, we offer you a method that is state-of-the-art and of the highest aesthetic quality as regards closing gaps, and improve or restore, respectively, the natural chewing function. During implantation the missing tooth or the root, respectively, is replaced by an implant, which is generally made of titanium, and covered with an individually fitted tooth crown. Thus, the implant offers a holistic solution while being based on nature as a role model. This aesthetic and secure solution is also possible in case of total tooth loss. Teeth with implants promise a good feeling and a healthy, natural appearance.
In our practice, we only use tried and tested implant systems that have been proven to be reliable by scientific, clinical long-term studies. Our team of doctors can show for more than 15 years of experience in implantology and together places more than 1,000 implants yearly.
For quite a while now, dentistry has been disposing of a new x-ray technology that delivers the same three-dimensional images of facial bones with the upper and lower jaw as the computer tomography (CT) while having a significantly lower exposure to radiation. Prior to an implantation, this new digital volume tomography (DVT) generates individual computer data of the patient providing the therapist with exact information regarding the drilling direction and depth for the operation. According to this information, the tooth implants are planted into the jawbone as tooth roots. Implantations that are done according to this procedure are the best prerequisites for a successful treatment.
How long it will take for the implants to integrate depends on factors such as the available bones, the number of implants and the prosthetic structure. If the implant firmly adheres to the bone, the prosthetics is generally done in the practice of the referring dentist.
Implants are used for the anchoring of one or more teeth or for the fixation of a permanent row of teeth, which is screwed into place, or removable dentures, respectively.
If missing teeth are not replaced, the jawbone is no longer loaded in a balanced way, which may result in bone loss. Implants have the unique advantage of distributing the chewing force onto the adjacent bones, thus encouraging its natural metabolism, which again prevents bone loss that may occur due to insufficient loading. Another advantage is the fact that – in contrast to the use of conventional dental crowns and bridges – the adjacent teeth in implantology are not grinded, thus preserving the natural substance of the tooth. How many implants are placed depends on the quality of the bones and the size of the gap.
It is important to us that the implants we place not only fulfill their function but that they are also acceptable in terms of aesthetics, i.e. they should look and feel like real teeth.
You can also rely on implants as an aesthetic and fixed solution in case of total tooth loss. Natural facial expressions, comfortable wear comfort and quality of life in general are guaranteed and optimized when choosing implant-borne dentures. Patients with a toothless jaw can choose between two possibilities: removable implant-borne dentures or a row of teeth that is firmly screwed onto implants.
The removable dentures prevent the formation of pressure sores; they do not slip and allow you to chew without pain. The row of teeth that is firmly screwed onto the implants is the more aesthetic solution. But no matter how you decide, both variants allow you to regain your original sense of taste while the palate stays free off denture base material.
Implants are also used in case of severe bone loss and serious bone defects caused by tooth loss in the affected region, among other things. Depending on size, type and region of the bone defect, there are different techniques for restructuring the bone and achieving an appropriate long-range prognosis.
Using your own bone
Narrow, inadequate jaws (jaw ridges) or atrophied jaw areas can be corrected by using your own bone that has been removed previously. Smaller bone blocks can be removed from the lower jaw, the chin or the wisdom tooth, directly placed and fixed with special screws. Afterwards, a general healing period of several months is necessary. Larger bone removals from the iliac crest are done in a special procedure in our clinic. After the bone has healed, the implants are placed.
Bone replacement material
Smaller bone deficits are filled with bone replacement material (often containing additional bone grafts) at the time of implantation, and the affected area is protected with a membrane.