Implants are cylindrical or screwlike devices made of titanium or tissue acceptable Ceramic (Circonoxide) which are inserted in the upper or lower jaw after tooth loss.
Implantation is usually done in two surgical steps. At the first appointment, the gums are opened in the region where the new tooth will be, the implant screw is inserted, and the gums are sewn together again. During the next 3-6 months (depending on the region), a stable, bonelike, biological connection builds up between the jawbone and the implants.
At the second appointment the gums are opened again and a provisional tooth is inserted onto the now viable implant head. In some cases, only one step is necessary and the provisional tooth is put onto the implant directly after insertion. The advantage is that the patient does not have to go through a second surgical step. The most important advantage of a one-phase implant is that the newly inserted implant can grow in without any pressure or weight from outside.
Since implants are anchored into the bone, implant carried prosthetics are more stable than the usual removable prosthetics and allow a higher chewing capacity and better life quality. Due to the insertion of the artificial root, the continuous bone degradation in the toothless jaw is delayed or totally eliminated. Another advantage of implants is that one often does not have to grind off natural healthy tooth substance to insert them. Since each implant has its own special indication, we offer a choice of several different implant systems in our practice. For example, we offer implants with a small diameter (2,7mm) for narrow tooth gaps, and ceramic implants which are highly compatible biologically.
Implant technology is a standard procedure nowadays in many dental surgeries. They are considered a safe and reliable method to ensure good chewing capacity. We have long-time experience with implants . With a durability of 98% over 10 years, implants have developed into one of the most predictable dental procedures.
Many patients are hesitant to choose tooth implants because they fear an operative/surgical procedure and the eventual pain associated with it. Most, however, are astonished that the expected swelling and pain, if any, are very slight due to the micro-surgical operative techniques used today. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Technique also contributes to quicker tissue regeneration. In this technique, blood extracted from an arm vein before the operation, is centrifuged to form platelet-rich plasma with a high count of blood platelets (Thrombocytes) which contribute to wound healing. This PRP can be mixed with bone substitution material and filled into the jaw region where the implant is inserted in extremely thin alveolar ridges. This not only stimulates new bone formation but swelling and pain is minimized and the healing and tissue regeneration process is accelerated. This is an important factor for a long lasting non-removable prosthetics. Since the PRP method only uses the body's own particles, there is no possibility of allergy or cross-over infection.