"My problem? Periodontitis. The year before last I only had three of my original top teeth. The solution? Three artificial tooth roots on each side of the upper jaw which would support a rigid twelve-tooth bridge…"
Sarah B., 57, Tax Advisor
A future model: In the long term, cheap dentures are not always the most cost-effective solution. The initial costs of an implant treatment vary depending on the complexity of each case: how many implants are needed, is bone augmentation required? A cost plan can only be developed once these issues have been addressed. Factors to be considered include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. Although associated with greater initial investments, in many cases dental implants may offer a more economical solution in the long term.
Individual cases: Depending on medical or other conditions of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene, limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.
Individual solutions: Dental implants are generally inserted under local anaesthetic to help minimize discomfort during the operation. If you experience any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, please make sure to consult with your dentist.
Feel good: According to a survey carried out with 10,000 patients in Germany (Riegl Survey 3), 66 % of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations, 31 % indicated they were “happy.” Of patients having conventional restorations, only 42 % claimed to be “extremely happy” and 44 % said they were generally “happy.”
Scientifically tested: Long-term surveys have shown that a leading dental manufacturer's implants have a survival rate of up to 98 %. Patients can count on reliable solutions as most good companies make no compromises on quality.
Cleaning: Clean first, then implant, then clean again. Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, patients should be aware of the fact that teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure satisfactory results. Regular check-ups and preventative appointments at the dentist are also necessary.
Never too old: As soon as the jaw has stopped growing it is possible to insert implants. In young patients, dental implants can therefore only be used once their jaw bones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.
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"False teeth at age 55? Impossible for me to imagine. For a long time, I’d had a bridge in my upper jaw which was slowly falling apart because more and more teeth were coming loose. The dentist suggested a plate-free removable prosthesis which would be fixed to 4 implants…"
Robert S., 55, Businessman