What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium or titanium zirconium which is placed in the jaw bone replacing the missing natural tooth. The implant can be surgically inserted under local anaesthetic. Titanium is generally well-tolerated by the human body and bone has been shown to bond well to titanium.
Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns and multi-tooth bridges. The implant can also be used as an anchor for dentures.
Individual tooth replacement
A tooth and its root are missing. A crown on a dental implant is an aesthetically pleasing solution.
The dental implant replaces the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the implant crown. The healthy neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground down and the healthy tooth substance remains intact.
Replacement of more than one tooth
Two or more teeth are missing. In order to prevent bone loss as well as malpositioning of the teeth and jawbone, gaps should be closed as quickly as possible from both a functional and medical point of view. An implant-supported bridge is one possibility for closing gaps.
The healthy neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground down, which helps to improve the long-term prognosis of these teeth. In addition, treatment by way of an implant may help preserve jaw bone.
Replacement of all teeth
The jaw is completely toothless. One option for replacing all teeth is a row of teeth which is anchored in the jaw by several implants (Fig. 1). Alternatively, a prosthesis is supported by implants and can be removed for oral hygiene (Fig. 2 and Fig. 3)
Dental implants have been developed to stay securely in place. Both solutions (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2/3) thus offer more stability than conventional prostheses. Additional benefits: an implant-supported row of teeth looks natural.
Five good reasons for choosing dental implants
An aesthetic solution
Function and visual appearance go hand in hand: dental implants were developed to offer reliable stability, plus the new solution on implants looks natural.
More to enjoy
Conventional dentures may be loose and cause pressure points and other inconveniences. With dental implant therapy, such dentures are not necessary. Therefore, patients may experience more comfort when talking, smiling and eating.
Surveys and research conducted across the world have shown that quality of life significantly increases when implants are used to stabilise dentures.
Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bones, which helps to maintain the bone. If there is no implant, as with conventional bridges or partial dentures, the bone may slowly recede and the shape of the face may change over time.
With a conventional bridge, the healthy neighbouring teeth to the right and left of the missing tooth have to be ground down to support the bridge. When using an implant to close the gap, the neighbouring teeth are not affected and the natural tooth surface remains intact.
Over 4 million Straumann dental implants have been sold worldwide. The Straumann® Dental Implant System is one of the most frequently used systems in the world and is the result of more than 30 years of scientific experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
A future model: In the long term, cheap dentures are not always the most cost-effective solution. The initial costs of an implant treatment vary depending on the complexity of each case: how many implants are needed, is bone augmentation required?
A cost plan can only be developed once these issues have been addressed. Factors to be considered include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. Although associated with greater initial investments, in many cases dental implants may offer a more economical solution in the long term.
Individual cases: Depending on medical or other conditions of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene, limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.
Individual solutions: Dental implants are generally inserted under local anaesthetic to help minimise discomfort during the operation. If you experience any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, please make sure to consult with your dentist.
Feel good: According to a survey carried out with 10,000 patients in Germany (Riegl Survey 6), 66 percent of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations, 31 percent indicated they were “happy.” Of patients having conventional restorations, only 42 percent claimed to be “extremely happy” and 44 percent said they were generally “happy”.
Scientifically tested: Long-term surveys have shown that Straumann implants have a survival rate of up to 98 percent. Patients can count on reliable solutions as Straumann makes no compromises on quality.
Cleaning: Clean first, then implant, then clean again. Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, patients should be aware of the fact that teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure satisfactory results. Regular check-ups and preventative appointments at the dentist are also necessary.
Never too old: As soon as the jaw has stopped growing it is possible to insert implants. In young patients, dental implants can therefore only be used once their jaw bones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.
There are a growing number of low-cost manufacturers who offer “look-alike” components intended for use with Straumann implants instead of the tested & validated original components.
Straumann implants & components have a demonstrated success rate of 97% over 10 years. Copycat components do not have the clinical data to support their claims of equivalent performance. There is no assurance that copycats offer equivalent precision, material quality, design and long-term performance.
The Straumann life long guarantee does not apply where non-original components are used with Straumann implants. Here at Charlton Road Dental we use ONLY STRAUMANN implants. However, through many years of experience, we have serviced many other brands of
implant and are happy to provide our services with yours.
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