Implants are artificial tooth roots, generally made from titanium. Ceramic implants have since become available as well. Both materials are non-allergenic, bio-compatible, and are usually embedded into the periodontium without any issues. In this regard, we dentists talk about integration into the bones – osseointegration. The implants are embedded into the jaw bones like a tiny screw, and given special attachments. These attachments will later carry the crowns or bridges that we make out of premium ceramic in our clinic’s own dental lab. Replacing teeth with implants allows us to replace individual teeth, close small and large gaps, or give patients without any teeth the feeling of having full rows.
When are implants appropriate?
Whenever teeth get lost, they should be replaced as quickly as possible because each individual tooth has an important task in our complex system of teeth, mandibular joints, and masticatory muscles. Complete rows of teeth are a decisive factor in the impression we give off to others, but the role of teeth isn’t merely an aesthetic one.
Healthy, straight teeth ensure proper occlusion, and if any of them break ranks, the body responds with tension and pain that can extend far beyond the head area. In the long term, missing teeth lead to a natural deterioration of the jaw bone – further tooth loss is possible. Healthy and complete rows of teeth are an important factor not just for your oral health, but also for your entire body!
As you can see, missing teeth should always be completely replaced. This does not just mean the visible part, the crown, which should usually be quickly replaced for aesthetic reasons (especially around the anterior teeth). The implant, the artificial root of the tooth, is also the basis for healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement.
Who are implants suited for?
Generally we are able to provide implant treatment to every patient. However, there are some requirements that must be met. The bones should be finished growing, and the jaw bones should be both high and wide enough for the procedure. If this is not the case, we can use various procedures to reconstruct the jaw bone and thus meet the requirements for a successful implant. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, can complicate the optimal requirements for an implant. However, treatment with implants is still possible in Egerkingen – we work in close cooperation with the attending specialists and general practitioners here.
When is an implant safe and gentle?
If the patient meets the requirements, there is nothing standing in the way of a safe, gentle implant procedure. There are a number of deciding factors for the long-term success of the implant. The experience and surgical competence of the attending surgeon, and a well-practised team, play a significant role.
Dr. Roberto Sleiter, oral surgeon and, since 2009, senior consultant in the Oral Surgery Department at the University of Bern, embeds hundreds of implants every year. However, this would not be possible without modern technical equipment. We rely on innovative digital X-ray technology and the precise planning of each individual implant with state-of-the-art computer software.
More information can be found in our chapter Computer-Assisted Implantology.
How should implants be cared for?
Implants can also get sick, and just because we use synthetic tooth replacements does not mean that care and hygiene can be neglected. But in this regard, too, you are in the best hands at our clinic in Egerkingen. Our experienced dental hygiene team works with you to care for the health of your implants and tooth replacements. Much like with our healthy teeth, the greatest risk to implants are the bacteria in our oral cavity. So-called “peri-implantitis” is a chronic inflammation that affects the tissue surrounding the implant, and it is the main reason implants are lost. Like the treatment of periodontitis, treatment is a fight against bacterial deposits, also referred to as plaque or biofilm. Along with optimal oral hygiene at home, here in our prophylaxis department we offer you an extensive plan for maintaining and cleaning implants, gums, the periodontium, and replacement teeth.
We have more to tell you about prophylaxis here!
What are the benefits of implants?
Of course, we always have to precisely determine our patients’ eligibility for implant treatment in advance. Should an implant be out of the question, we always have a good alternative for our patients. However, implants do have a few crucial benefits in comparison to conventional solutions:
- Healthy teeth don’t have to be abraded to serve as pillars for bridge constructions.
- The teeth can be functionally and aesthetically replaced to look natural.
- Toothless jaws can also be given full, fixed rows of teeth.
- Upon replacing teeth with implants we offer a safe, durable alternative to a removable full denture.