Frequently asked questions and answers on dental implants

Do you want to find out more about implants? Here are the most frequently asked questions and answers about implant treatment.

Will my new teeth look and feel like my own?

Yes! Since the dental implants are anchored in your jawbone, they function as your ordinary teeth when you are chewing, talking and laughing. Most people do not feel any difference between their natural teeth and their new ones. It usually takes a dentist to spot the difference. They look very much like your own teeth.

Can I keep my own teeth?

Yes, of course! With dental implants from DENTSPLY Implants you don’t have to sacrifice healthy teeth to restore missing ones. Unlike conventional bridges or partial dentures, no adjacent teeth are affected or needed for support.

Will I be able to chew and eat normally with an implant-borne denture?

Regardless of whether you have an implant-borne crown, bridge or prosthesis you will be able to eat, chew, talk and laugh just as usual.

How safe are dental implants?

Extensive scientific documentation from clinical studies confirms that dental implants from DENTSPLY Implants enable very reliable and good results – over both short and long term. Design and surface of our implants give superior strength and ensure that the teeth stay securely in place. The threads on the implant neck anchor the implant and preserve the bone. This maintains the gum contour which is important for a natural look.

How long does an implant last?

Once the healing phase has been completed, a correctly placed high-quality implant is more resistant to many influences than the natural tooth root. An optimally loaded titanium implant will not break and cannot be affected by caries. Consistent oral hygiene will keep the gum and the implant site healthy. This means that implants can last a lifetime.

Are there different qualities of dental implant systems?

Like any other product, dental implants differ in quality. Your dentist can give you detailed advice on implant quality as well as information on long-term success rates. Also ask about the long-term availability of replacement parts in case your denture ever needs to be repaired.

Can I trust implants from DENTSPLY Implants?

Implants from DENTSPLY Implants are quality products that are the result of decades of research, development and documented clinical experience. They are manufactured with precision machinery and packaged under cleanroom conditions. The entire product chain starting from purchase of the raw materials is subject to rigid certified quality standards.

Our range of products includes systems with differently shaped implants in various sizes and lengths, which means that the implantologist can select the exact solution for your particular situation. All implants are pure surgical titanium and have a unique microstructured titanium oxide surface, which actively supports the bone healing processes. The highly developed surface properties enable bone cells to be directly deposited on the implant and the new bone. Implants from DENTSPLY Implants provide the best conditions for optimum healing and permanent stability.

DENTSPLY Implants also offer highly esthetic solutions for crowns, bridges and prostheses for every requirement and for every initial situation. If the prosthetic solution fixed to implants from DENTSPLY Implants ever needs repair or replacement, you can be sure that your dentist will be able to procure all the required components anywhere in the world even years later.

What material are the implants made of?

Dental implants from DENTSPLY Implants are made of pure surgical titanium, which is biocompatible to the body. Titanium becomes fully integrated into the bone tissue and is very stable.

What material is used for the crowns?

Most crowns and bridges are metal or metal alloys and are veneered with ceramic to match the color of the teeth. The esthetic alternative is porcelain. Ceramic is made of high strength zirconium oxide and is particularly suitable for implant-borne dentures, for both single teeth or larger bridges.

How much will it cost?

Having an implant treatment is an investment in your future and quality of life. To have new teeth that feel like your own is a highly valued experience. It is a great treatment that can save you from other dental expenses and problems in the future. The extent of your treatment will determine your cost. Ask your dentist to prepare a cost estimate before starting the treatment, and the possibilities of setting up a finance scheme.

Does the treatment hurt?

As the dental implants are installed under local anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the surgery. The treated area may be swollen for a few days afterwards, which could be slightly painful. In most cases an ordinary painkiller is all you may need to feel fine.

What can I expect in the consultation?

Your implantologist will discuss in detail your initial situation, the treatment sequence and what you actually want. Find out about the options available in implant dentistry before your appointment. You will find detailed information on this web site. Don't forget to inform the implantologist of any general diseases that you might have or of medications that you take regularly.

Are there risks involved with the implant placement?

A dental implant placement is a minor operation. Complications such as injuries to nerves and blood vessels are possible when placing implants. However, the current state of diagnostics and planning make it very unlikely to happen. When conducted by a qualified dental implantologist an implant placement involves no more risk than the removal of a wisdom tooth.

A sudden rejection reaction of a completely healed dental implant is very rare. In exceptional cases the bone may not hold the implant in place securely enough. In that case it would not be able to resist loading sufficiently and would probably have to be removed under local anesthetic. In such a case a new dental implant can normally be placed – if that is what you want.

What if an implant becomes infected?
When detected early enough, infections, which are usually caused by bacteria, can usually be treated successfully. If you always keep the postoperative and prophylaxis appointments at your dentist, and if you clean your teeth regularly at home, you should be safe from infection.

Could one be allergic to dental implants?

The material of the dental implants has no allergenic components and is biocompatible with the body.

Does my age matter?

Your age is normally not relevant – more important is your health. But if you are under eighteen years old, you must be examined to make sure you have finished growing before you can undergo implant treatment.

Are there any physical conditions that make an implant placement impossible?

Usually not. If you suffer from a serious general condition such as cardiovascular diseases or osteoporosis, tendency to hemorrhage or you have an impaired immune system, you should always inform your implantologist.

If you have diabetes it should be stable and under control. Poorly managed or untreated diabetes can cause metabolic problems with the healing process. In case of doubt the implantologist will consult your diabetes physician.

Are there any interactions with medications?

This is possible with some medications. If you take any medications regularly you must discuss this with your implantologist. For example, cortisone may change the metabolism and immune situation of the body, which can cause problems with healing. Anticoagulation medications may cause serious bleeding during implant placement.

Do I have to stop smoking?

It is highly recommended to stop smoking. Smoking affects the healing process and may reduce the long-term prognosis.

I only need single implants, but I would like all my teeth to be brighter and more attractive. What can be done?

The dentist can often bleach darkened teeth. Unattractive front teeth can be coated with plastic or fine ceramic shells, referred to as veneers. The crowns for the implants will then be brighter from the start or shaped to match the changes to the natural teeth. Ask your dentist about it.

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