FAQ / Infos
When can a dental implant be used?
Weather the insertion or dental implant is needed or not or is it possible in the first place depends of the situation and your own doctor’s decision.
To access that a lot of factors have to be considered which are then decisive to figure way to carry it out.
The most important factors are the quality and quantity of the of available bone and the situation of the surrounding structures. It should be noted that no face is similar to the other and therefore not one single implant possibility is like any other. Each implant has to be adapted to given situation.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants titanium and zirconium
Implants are made of titanium, ceramics, bio-ceramics or zirconium. Scientific studies have however shown that bone is best combined with titanium and has the lowest loss rates. Titan is the material most compatible with the human tissue. No allergies or other incompatibilities have been detected yet.
How long dental implants last?
With proper care an implant can, just like a living tooth, be preserved for a lifetime. According to statistics from millions of cases worldwide, implantation success rate is 95-98%. In case of smokers, the risk of complications is increased, however. As already mentioned, the dental hygiene is also crucial for it to last long and without problems. Daily cleaning, annual, possibly even six-monthly checks with tartar removal are particularly important.
The implant is inserted during surgery.
The implant is screwed by means of a bore in the bone. The seams, with which the wound is closed, can be removed after eight to ten days. The healing time after surgery always depends on the situation. On average, for lower jaw it takes two months, upper jaw four months and after bone augmentation up to six months. During this time, the bone grows around the implant and stabilizes it.
As a first step of operation, the oral mucosa is opened and then the bone is cleared and cleaned. Embedment, in which the implant is inserted later, now has to be lifted out with several dental bone drills, all of which have a different diameter. To protect the healthy bone and keep it clean, the drill passes through a water cooling with saline. Finally, the implant is screwed into the hole provided and the oral mucosa is saturated over again. The implant can either entirely be covered by mucous membrane, or can be provided with a healing screw, which makes it visible.
Mild stress on the organism
The burden on the body is smaller at an implantation than for the extraction of a tooth. Under ideal circumstances, in a sterile and infection-free environment, the wound closes well. The operation is painless and pains are not expected after implantation either.
Local anaesthesia or half-sleep
Implants are used usually under local anaesthesia. During a half-asleep the patient’s consciousness is turned off, while still maintaining reflexes such as swallowing. You won’t feel pain or remember anything. For the sedation, the drug is taken with a thin needle into the vein. The effect is immediate and you wake up a few minutes after the procedure without remembering what was going on before.
After an observation period of 30 minutes, you can leave our dental office with accompaniment. In this treatment, we are supported by an anaesthetist in our practice. The most unpleasant part of the treatment represents the water cooling, which is not suitable for swallowing, as it has a salty taste. The surgery takes between an hour and an hour and a half hour.
Complications and obstacles
As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur during implantation as well.
The mandibular nerve usually consists of a thick branch, but can also in some cases consist
of several smaller branches.
When the anaesthesia turns off 6-8 hours after surgery, but a prickle or loss of feeling are still present in the region of the mandible, please notify our clinic immediately, because the implant has to be slightly scaled back or even removed in this case. Waiting too long may cause permanent damage.
In the upper jaw reaching or even puncturing of maxillary sinus can cause problems. In such a case it may happed than within certain period of time, we cannot implant need to change the planning for the operation or need to perform a maxillary sinus surgery. Permanent damage is very rare.
It may also happen that the discovered bone does not have the stability and size, which have been assumed in the planning. In such cases, we must initiate a bone formation or make a change in the planning.
Other complications, such as increased bleeding or bruising on soft tissue, only occur very rarely. After surgery, some swelling, bleeding and bruising are normal and reflect the natural reaction of the tissue. An infection of the wound can occur in some cases, but is less common than after tooth extraction.
We must accept the fact that the planning before the treatment and the end result is not the same in all cases. Due to complications changes can occur. Unfortunately, the changes then affect the cost of treatment. The handed over cost estimate relates only to the treatment planning.
Dental implant costs
At this point it is important to know that for the exact calculation of the costs of your personal treatment several points need to be considered. For example, both the CT scan and 3D planning, as well as surgical costs and the care package per surgery are charged only once, no matter how many implants are then inserted.
For example, the price of the titanium implant and a titanium-ceramic crown is 1580 EUR but 12 crowns, which are affixed to 6 implants cost only 4630 EUR.
In addition, during planning the surgeon needs to decide if there is enough bone, or whether bone must be built. So you still can get an overview here is a short pricelist specifically for implantation:
CT scan- 120 EUR
3D planning – 60 EUR
Operation costs – 200 EUR
PRGF care package – 170 EUR
Implant – 450 EUR
Implant abutment, titanium made – 350 EUR
Implant abutment, zircon made – 600 EUR
Titanium ceramic crown – 240 EUR
Fully ceramic crown with zircon frame – 350 EUR
Other cost items can be found in the category Prices
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