Dental implants are the most advanced form of replacement of lost teeth for the modern patient.
For more than twenty years now, we have finally been able to use these artificial tooth roots to actively rebuild and rejuvenate the bone structure and muscle apparatus of our patients after tooth loss in a natural way.
What does this mean in plain language?
Implants like Prof.* Dr. Bender calls them the new generation of the third generation. In the past, the third generation was always the so-called prostheses, which did not replace the roots of the teeth and were placed in the Kukident glass at night for cleaning.
Today we are in a change of time, where not only outwardly the teeth as a visible part of the teeth, as in the past with the full dentures without roots are built dentally, where the house is thus outwardly constructed to look like a house, but the cellar is missing. But it is the cellar that provides the foundation for the special stability of the house.
This is also the case with teeth.
In today’s modern dental practice, we return the natural original foundation to the so-called third party with the artificial tooth roots, which we call implants. The result is that the jawbone gets new life again.
The implant with its crown on it creates the new dynamics for the jawbone. Similar to the natural dentition of humans, the new tooth roots are pressed into the jawbone during swallowing and chewing.
The difference between the natural tooth with its dental root and the implant with its crown on top of it is that the natural tooth root is suspended in the bone by so-called elastic fibres in an oscillating manner, whereby the tooth is pressed a little into the bone when chewing, while the implant is rigidly anchored in the bone.
However, scientific studies have shown that the implant nevertheless promotes blood circulation in the bone during chewing and swallowing, thus maintaining the vitality of the jaw newly loaded by this.
The tooth-bearing part of the jawbone, the so-called alveolar bone, which houses the tooth root, shrinks in volume after tooth loss due to the lack of load and thus also decreasing blood circulation and retreats in the form of bone atrophy.
This phenomenon also occurs in the surrounding chewing muscles. After a longer period of time, prosthesis wearers experience a significant decrease in chewing strength due to a diminishing masticatory musculature. The chewing muscles and jawbone adapt to the forces introduced or not introduced. They become stronger or they become weaker.
For a long time these physical changes have not been taken seriously in dental therapy. Bridge constructions, partial dentures and full dentures were the result.
Only since we have the modern root-shaped implants at our disposal, each of which is capable of supporting a tooth independently, has it been possible to develop and create a progressive implantation procedure such as that of Prof.* Dr. Manfred Bender from Cologne in all consistency: The nature-like reconstruction of the human dentition with individual unlocked single crowns on implants. Nature as a model. Taking nature as a model, it was not at all difficult to make use of the bone- and muscle-preserving dynamics of this reconstruction method of the new human masticatory apparatus.
The modern bone reconstruction techniques coupled with the possibility of revitalizing and dynamizing the new bone by means of the described force introduction technique through single implants play a decisive role in this advanced and forward-looking treatment concept of his spiritual father. Of course, this is also supported by modern forms of soft tissue management.
For the first time, we have the technical and dental possibility to provide people up to a very old age with individually fixed crowns on implants without any limitation of the age of the respective patient.
Patients and their dentists always have several options to choose from: There are partial and full dentures as well as bridges, which, however, are considered rather suboptimal and are not suitable for some patients. Dentures fixed with clasps can cause problems with the adjacent teeth that serve as anchorage. Full dentures covering the palate often limit the sense of taste. Bridges often cannot be securely anchored to the existing dental apparatus. These problems are effectively solved by dental implants, because these implants receive a permanent, secure anchorage in the jaw. Thus they come close to the natural dental apparatus. Also from an aesthetic point of view, they are almost always the most pleasant solution. Especially our older patients benefit greatly from fixed dental prostheses with dental implants, they regularly prefer these implants to ill-fitting dentures.
High resilience and excellent compatibility
Modern dental implants are constructed in the form of a base with a thread, which we screw into the jawbone. The bone and the material of the implant form a stable connection within about three to six months. This can be subjected to extremely high loads and is in no way inferior to natural teeth – on the contrary. The crown is placed on the base with a ceramic veneer that replaces the natural tooth. The material of a dental implant consists mainly of pure titanium, a metal with high load-bearing capacity and, in most cases, excellent biocompatibility. Allergic reactions caused by dental implants made of titanium are only known in a few exceptional cases. At the same time the connection between bone and implant is extremely stable. Since we are a global leader in implantology, particularly due to our special training and specialist knowledge, we know from our own experience that in rare cases there are patients who cannot tolerate titanium. Here a ceramic implant offers the alternative. We take this titanium intolerance, which is still ignored in most practices and clinics out of ignorance, very seriously. Therefore, we test this material compatibility with our patients before a therapy.
Natural functions with dental implants
The implants maintain their wearer’s natural chewing function, a consequence of the very tight lower part of the implant. The tooth thus appears natural in its shape – a purely aesthetic aspect – and proves to be fully functional. This means that every implant also protects the remaining teeth in the long term, because one-sided incorrect loading is avoided. Implant wearers also avoid problems caused by ill-fitting dentures. Even if they also wear a prosthesis, it holds much better on the firm anchorage of an implant than on natural teeth that are not so firm anymore. Conventional dentures sometimes cause bone loss, these and other side effects can be effectively reduced or eliminated by implants. A further advantage is the reduced risk of further organ diseases, especially of the gastrointestinal tract. Their development is always favoured by insufficient chewing activity, which people with defective teeth are unfortunately forced to do.
Implant treatment under general anaesthesia
The idea of a dental surgeon screwing around in your dental jaw could be very irritating for you as a patient. Without an anaesthetic, this procedure would certainly be associated with great pain. Implant treatment has become so well established that major complications no longer occur, and the jaw is of course anaesthetised. In addition, we also offer implant treatment under general anaesthesia.
The costs incurred for an implant and the new teeth on it are subsidised by the statutory health insurance in the sense of a fixed subsidy. We will therefore advise you comprehensively on possible costs, which can differ considerably for patients with statutory health insurance, supplementary dental insurance or private full insurance. In the course of this consultation we can also show you potential savings. Of course, we will also be happy to provide you with a second opinion if you have already dealt with implants and new dentures and already have cost plans available.