Implant treatment: what can I expect before implantation?
Preliminary discussion with the implant dentist: Before the implantation is planned, the treating implant dentist conducts a detailed consultation. This discussion includes the type of prosthetic restoration and the number of implants required. One is enough for individual teeth. Several are required for one prosthesis.
Preliminary examination: During the preliminary examination, the framework conditions for the bone structure are checked.
The attending physician must ensure that you have inflammation, that there is sufficient bone for the implant, and that you are suitable for the surgical procedure. If there is an inflammation in the jaw, it must first be treated. If there is not enough bone, bone can be built up.
Planning the implant: As part of the planning, a healing and cost plan is created that gives you an overview of the costs for the implant. The statutory health insurance companies do not assume any costs for treatment with dental implants. You only subsidize the implant-supported dentures. Patients, therefore, receive the fixed grant for the corresponding standard care with dentures.(1)
What actually is a dental implant?
Implants are metallic elements that are surgically found in the maxillary bones, below the gums. Once in place, the implant dentist can place fixed crowns or bridges on them to replace missing teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Prosthetics and bridges placed over the implants do not slip or run in the mouth, which helps the prosthetics and bridges (as well as the individual crowns placed on the implants) feel more natural than conventional ones.
For some people, ordinary bridges or prostheses are uncomfortable because they irritate them, have too narrow edges, or cause nausea. Traditional bridges must be attached to the teeth on both sides of the space. An advantage of implants is that there is no need to wear down the adjacent teeth to support the replacement teeth.
The patient must also assume the commitment to keep these structures healthy. Regular dental visits are essential for dental implants to be successful in the long term. (2)
Best tips for oral care of IMPLANTS:
Most dental implants are successful, and you can take some steps to help ensure that they are successful.
Practice good oral hygiene - Brush twice a day and floss every day. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between the teeth can help clean the parts that are around the implant, which are more challenging to reach.
Quit smoking - Smoking can weaken your bone structure and cause the implant to fail.
Visit the implant dentist - Cleanings and exams every six months can help keep your implant in good condition and keep it that way.
Avoid chewing on hard foods - Do not chew on hard items like ice or hard candy, as they can break your crown and natural teeth.