New quality of life with dentures on implants
When you’re speaking, eating or laughing – firmly attached teeth are essential for a carefree life. If one or more teeth are missing, dental implants are the most advanced way to replace them.
Implants are artificial tooth roots that grow into the jawbone. The denture fixed to it sits firmly on it like a natural tooth. In addition to a firm fit, implants have other significant advantages over conventional dentures:
- fixed teeth, powerful bite
Dentures on implants always give you a firm bite. You can eat everything again.
- aesthetic appearance
Implant-supported dentures look almost like your own tooth, in part because the shape and colour of the dentures can be precisely matched to your tooth structure.
- no grinding of the adjacent teeth necessary
Conventional dental bridges and dentures require the adjacent teeth to be ground down in order to fix them in place. A dental implant is placed in the jaw right where the missing tooth used to be – this means that the adjacent teeth are not affected.
- Jaw bone remains intact
A dental implant puts the same strain on the jawbone as a natural tooth. This prevents bone recession.
- also possible with edentulous jaw
While conventional full dentures often do not offer optimum support, are wobbly or even risk falling out, implant-supported dentures offer firm support. This means that discomfort when eating and insecurity when speaking or laughing are things of the past.
- wide range of applications
Dental implants provide the ideal basis for replacing both individual teeth or entire rows of teeth.
Who are dental implants suitable for?
We are happy to discuss whether implant-supported dentures are suitable for you in our dental practice in Mainz. We will explain how it works, the practical process and the possibilities and limits of implants. A dental implant is not possible or the best solution in every case.
Factors that rule out implant restoration are, for example:
- certain medications
- certain blood and cardiovascular diseases
- connective tissue and bone formation disorders
- previous irradiation
How your dental implant is fitted
The dental implant performs the function of an artificial tooth root, which forms the foundation for your tooth replacement. It is inserted into the jawbone using a threaded screw and bonds firmly to the surrounding bone tissue within 3-6 weeks. The thread means that the implant is stably connected to the jawbone as soon as it is inserted, which means only a short “healing time” is required.
After it has healed into the jawbone, we attach the corresponding tooth replacement, the superstructure (crown, bridge or prosthesis), to the implant. It can be used immediately.
We usually implant your dentures under local anaesthetic in our practice. The wound is then closed with a suture. Aftercare (cooling and medication) can largely prevent complications such as swelling and pain. You should clean your teeth thoroughly several times a day at home without straining the suture. Antibacterial mouth rinses can supplement dental care. The wound heals after about 10 days.
All services from one source
From consultation to the insertion of the dental implant to the replacement (crown, bridge, prosthesis) to be attached to it, you can get everything from a single source in our dental practice in Mainz. Specially trained and experienced practitioners are available to perform surgical procedures.
What should be kept in mind after the implantation?
Dental implants and dentures are always made of well-tolerated materials. As the denture is only inserted after the artificial tooth root has healed, this ensures that the construction can be fully loaded and is very stable in the shortest possible time.
Complications with a dental implant are often due to problems with oral hygiene. Diabetics must have their condition well-managed, as they have an increased risk of wound healing problems. Smokers have an increased risk of inflammation because they have reduced blood flow to the oral mucosa, among other things. Gum inflammation (periodontitis), however, is rarely grounds for excluding implant-supported dentures.
Once the implant and jawbone have been successfully connected, the only long-term risk to you is infection, which can be easily prevented by good dental care (at home and regular care in the practice).
which can be easily prevented by good dental care (at home and regular care in the practice). Regular care is necessary – as with natural teeth – to ensure that dental implants ideally remain in the mouth for the rest of your life. Inflammation around the implant can impair its firm hold in the jaw. We recommend regular professional dental cleaning .to prevent peri-implantitis. Special instruments and powder jet devices are used to remove bacterial plaque permanently. Bacteria are also less likely to adhere after this treatment.