To replace a missing tooth, having an artificial tooth root made of titanium implanted is sensible alternative to bridge work. Bridges involve reducing the size of adjacent teeth to which the bridge is to be attached. This may traumatize healthy abutment teeth to such an extent that they lose their vitality and root canal treatments become required.
In our dental practice, implantations are performed with titanium implants. Our many years of experience in particular in the field of implantology, the frequency of the procedures we have performed and the latest generation of high-tech materials available today are what enable us to provide our patients with optimum care. Nowadays, when handled professionally and cared for correctly, implants can generally last for decades.
Titanium has proved to be an ideal material as tissue responds well to it. Rejections such as those seen in transplanted organs do not occur. All that is required is good oral hygiene that prevents inflammation. Implants can remain in the jaw for decades and circumvent unpleasant, removal replacement teeth as well as prevent damage to healthy tooth material.
If the jaw bone is stable and there are no pre-existing conditions that could serve as arguments against the procedure, it is possible to have an artificial tooth root made out of titanium implanted. In a preliminary examination, a medical history check is performed to rule out any potential implant risk factors. Here, a dental status is taken, which involves examining the temporomandibular joints, the existing teeth and the gums.
If any diseases such as cavities or periodontitis are identified, they must first be treated before the actual implant procedure can be started. The jaw bone situation is examined in order to determine whether the existing bone material is sufficient for an implant and to what extent the bone structure can easily hold an implant without additional measures.
Using the results of the examination, an exact plan for the positioning of the implants is produced. It includes the best possible function for the implants, which should also be as flawless as possible in terms of esthetics. After an implantation has been successfully completed, good oral hygiene is a key requirement for maintaining implants. Along with proper dental care at home, teeth should be cleaned professionally at the dental practice on a regular basis.
After a thorough preliminary examination and a consultation between the dentist and patient to clarify matters, the implantation is performed. In addition to implants in gaps that have already existed for some time, nowadays it is possible in some cases to have an artificial tooth root implanted in the jaw bone immediately after removing a tooth. Once the titanium root has healed (generally after 8 to 20 weeks), a titanium mounting is placed in the root onto which the reconstruction or the crown is attached. All-ceramic crowns in particular can hardly be distinguished from the natural teeth, and they meet the highest esthetic demands.