All you wanted to know about dental implants

What is a dental implant?
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Technically, a dental implant is a small but very strong post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. Under local anesthetic, it is inserted into the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the tooth. Dental implant therapy is today’s long-term, state-of-the-art restoration technique that can cover all indications. It has been scientifically tested and used in the last three decades by qualified dentists and surgeons worldwide.

Crown
The crown or bridge, made of ceramics, zircons or other aesthetic material, are permanently attached to the extension prosthesis.

Abutment
Made of titanium or zirconium, it serves as a link between implant and prosthetic restoration (bridge or crown).

Dental implant
The titanium screw is embedded in the jaw during a small surgical procedure. After joining implants and bones, the implant replaces the root of the tooth.

Are dental implants expensive?

Contrary to what you might think, conventional dentures are not always cost-effective. The initial layout for dental implant treatment varies on how many implants are needed and if bone augmentation is required. Other factors include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. A cost plan will be developed only when all of these aspects have been addressed, and in some cases, dental implants may be more economical in the long term.

Are there any risks when placing dental implants?

Implant therapy is not an experimental approach; rather it is a well-proven, state-of-the-art medical dental technique that has been scientifically tested and used for decades by dentists and surgeons worldwide. Depending on the condition of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene or limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing medical conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, your dentist will evaluate whether dental implants are the option for you.

Is the surgery painful?

Dental implants are generally inserted under local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort during the operation. Patients experiencing any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, should make sure to consult a dentist.

Is there any age limitation to dental implant therapy?

It is possible to insert implants as soon as the jaw has stopped growing. Therefore, in young patients, dental implants can only be placed 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. This will be evaluated by the dentist.

How long do I have to wait for my final restoration?

After insertion of your implant, the bonding process (osseointegration) takes about 6-8 weeks. In this time, the implant reaches the stability needed for it to bear weight like a natural tooth. As always, healing times can vary depending on the individual condition and indication.

Are there any figures on satisfaction of people with implants?

Long-term surveys have shown that Straumann® Implants have very high survival rates.* Patients can count on reliable solutions as Straumann® makes no compromises on quality. According to a survey carried out with 10,000 patients in Germany**, 66 percent of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations and 31% were “happy.” Of patients with conventional restorations, only 42% claimed to be “extremely happy” while 44% said they were “generally happy”.

Ph.D. MOM M.Sc. DARKO SLOVŠA DDS

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All you wanted to know about dental implants

Are there any special aftercare measures required?

Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure satisfactory results.

Is ceramic “better” than titanium?

Titanium is a biocompatible metal. This means it is non-toxic and well-tolerated by the body. Implants made from titanium bond very well to living bone and have been used for decades in the medical device industry. To this day, there has been no documented case of any allergic reaction to titanium. Because of these attributes, titanium dental implants can last for decades. If you are looking for a metal-free alternative, there are options with ceramic implants. They are made from high-strength ceramic and designed to achieve maximum functional and esthetic demands. In cases of thin or recessed gums, the implant will not shimmer through as it has the color of a natural tooth.

What is Straumann® Pro Arch

Straumann® Pro Arch offers a safe, reliable and less complex treatment option for patients requiring full-arch treatments. Patients and clinicians benefit from the combination of the individualized prosthetics and the surgical advantages of the Straumann® SLActive® surface as well as the unique material properties of Roxolid®.

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What is Straumann® Roxolid® implant

Roxolid® is a high-performance alloy composed of 15 % zirconium and 85 % titanium, specifically designed by Straumann® for use in implant dentistry. It features high tensile strength and excellent osseointegration capabilities, making it the material of choice for reduced invasiveness. Its properties allow for greater confidence and more treatment options through the placement of reduced diameter (Straumann® Bone Level Tapered Implant) and shorter (Straumann® Standard Plus Short Implant) implants, especially in cases where bone augmentation can be avoided.

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What is Straumann® Bone Level Tapered Implant

The Straumann® Bone Level Tapered Implant offers excellent primary stability in soft bone and fresh extraction sockets. The tapered form adequately compresses the underprepared osteotomy. It also lets you effectively master your patient’s limited anatomy such as facial undercut, converging root tips, concave jaw structure or narrow atrophied ridges. Building on the clinically proven features of the Straumann® Bone Level Implant, our Bone Level Tapered Implant introduces the powerful combination of Roxolid®, SLActive®, Bone Control Design™, CrossFit® connection, prosthetic diversity, plus a tapered implant body.

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What is Straumann® SLActive®

SLActive® is Straumann’s high performance surface with extensive healing potential. It stands for high predictability and accelerated osseointegration. Recent studies show an outstanding clinical performance of SLActive® implants even in very challenging treatment protocols and patients with compromised health.

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