How durable are implants?
The durability of implants has been researched in long-term studies internationally for 30 years. The average 10-year success rates are over 95%. The results so far have shown, that with proper oral hygiene and regular professional supervision, implants will last a lifetime. Some of the implants that have been implanted over 40 years ago, are still in operation.
What are the pros and cons of implants?
Implants can provide fixed, aesthetic restorations even in cases, where only removable prostheses are possible. Implants prevent bone loss and full dentures are set firmly with implants. As opposed to dental bridges it is not necessary for sanding neighboring teeth. For some people, surgery as well as the healing process of implants might be considered as a disadvantage. Also, in some cases, implant treatments result in higher costs than conventional dentures or bridges. Before deciding about an implant it is important to weigh in on the pros and cons of each treatment method.
Are all patient suitable for treatment with implants?
Principally, yes, except for some rare diseases. Age usually doesn’t matter: implants used with the elderly have the same good chance of success as in younger patients. Thorough oral hygiene is always very important.
How painful is the procedure? What can I expect after the surgery?
The procedure under local anesthesia is entirely painless. On request, additional sedation (anesthesia) or general anesthesia is available. After the surgery, mild pain for a few days is expected, which can be easily treated with painkillers. A slight swelling for 2-4 days is normal, sometimes bruising can occur, which disappears quite rapidly.
How long do the implants heal, and can I wear dentures during the healing?
Depending on the number of implants, bone quality, length and diameter of implant, the healing time can vary: under ideal conditions, with primary implant stability, you can use your teeth immediately. It usually takes 6 to 12 weeks before the implants can be exposed and fully utilized. If bone augmentation is required, the healing period will extend 6 months. Prior to the implantation, a temporary dental prosthesis will be created, which will usually be the patient is never without any teeth.
Does smoking harm the implants?
Heavy smokers (more than 10 cigarettes / day) have a higher risk to lose implants than non smokers. Especially for major surgery with bone structures, the risk of complications in smokers is significantly increased.
Are there differences in quality of implants?
There are numerous implant companies on the market, but only very few systems can provide long-term scientific studies. We are using implants from companies such as (Straumann, BEGO Implant Systems, Nobel Biocare Camlog,) which are are well documented. Futhermore, working with market leaders, the supply of spare parts is secured, which can be extremely useful, if after 10 years we’ll need to replace a tiny screw.
How do I clean my implants?
Basically the same rules apply for implants as for your own teeth. Careful oral hygiene is recommended and it’s paying off. The use of interdental (between the teeth) brushes is recommended to keep the areas between the implants clean.