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Implant prosthesis

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While wearing a denture the lower jaw shrinks slowly. As a result, the lower teeth denture will, over time, becoming loose. The dentist or denturist can temporarily resolve these problems. But many people would rather have a firmer and more comfortable denture. Fortunately, such a denture exists! Namely an “implant supported denture” (click-denture).

What is an implant?

This is a thin screw of titanium in the (lower) jaw. Titanium is a tissue-friendly material. After inserting this, it will form a solid connection with the jawbone.

How long will the treatment take?

This depends mainly on what needs to be done but usually around 4 months (from the placement of the implants until the final click-denture).

Is the treatment painful?

The insertion of the implants is usually done under local anesthesia. After this procedure there may occur some swelling. This discomfort will disappear after a few days.

What does it cost?

For this prosthesis a 17% personal contribution is required, and 10% for a replacement version. However, the treatment is often partially covered by supplementary insurance from health insurers. Please seek advice about this from your denturist, oral surgeon or dentist before your first treatment.


What to expect

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions that have already been raised by many

An implant is similar to an artificial root. It is made of titanium, a light and strong metal, which is also tissue-friendly. The implant is a small screw inserted into the jaw and the jaw bone will grow to attach itself to it. Thus, an implant replaces the missing tooth root. The implant provides a firm basis for a crown, bridge or click-denture.

Small holes will be drilled into the jaw under local anesthesia, in which the "artificial root" is applied. Until your jaw has securely grown around the implant you will first carry your "old" denture or temporary crown. Due to the stitches it will not really sit comfortably in the first week, but at least you will not have to go outside toothless.

There are a number of cases where it is not preferred to apply implants:

  • Heavy smoking is harmful to implants and is bad for the wound healing. There is a three times greater risk of failure of an implant.
  • Sometimes your jaw bone is too small for a firm attachment of the implant. This can be treated with bone filler, but the treatment is going to take a long time.
  • Not everyone wants an implant. If you have a good jaw, a normal denture is obviously a good option. If your jaws shrunk a lot and your current denture has loosened, an implant is a good solution.
  • For adolescents whose jaw is still growing (16-18 years), no implants will be placed. Besides that, your (old) age is not important for the success of a treatment.

Yes, the healing process takes a few days till a week to complete. For example, slight bleeding afterwards, slight tingling in the lower jaw, numbness of the lower lip. These symptoms usually disappear quickly. Also short discoloration of mucosa, cheeks or lips as well as swelling may occur. These symptoms often disappear by itself within a week.

Implants can safely last for 30 years. Studies have shown that 90% of the placed implants still function after 30 years. It mainly depends on regular monitoring and proper oral hygiene. For example, by gnashing one’s teeth, poor oral hygiene, illness or nicotine usage an implant can sometimes loosen.

At the very least, brushing twice a day, just like your natural teeth. We also strongly recommend using toothpicks and flossing, because it extends the lifetime of your implants. After we have secured your implants, we will go through the best oral hygiene instructions with you.

No, but your implants must be checked annually by a dentist implantologist, so that any problems can be identified in a timely manner and can get treated. The implantologist checks also the bone around your implants through an X-ray.

In most cases, your jaw naturally grows attaching itself to the implant. If this would not be the case, a new implant could be inserted.

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