Implantology is the fastest growing field of dentistry and involves the replacement of one or more teeth with dental implants. Implants are artificial roots, usually made of titanium, fixed deep into the bone.
As a last resort, when there are no more dental therapies to turn to, implantology offers options that previously did not exist. Dental implantology is not replacement of existing material, but an extension of them, which has now made it possible to repair dental function by means of implants and dental constructions. Not everyone can opt for implants. For example, you will need sufficient bone in the right place.
Binnen de implantologie is het op dit moment zo dat de esthetische wens de chirurgie dicteert. In gewoon Nederlands; als er om esthetisch redenen implantaten geplaatst moeten worden, dan is het heel vaak noodzakelijk om op de plek waar de implantaten moeten komen eerst de kwaliteit van het bot te verbeteren om daarmee te bereiken dat het eindresultaat ook esthetisch verantwoord is.
The aesthetics of implantology are totally reliant on the surgery itself. In simple language, if implantation is required for aesthetic reasons, it is very often necessary to improve bone quality at the place where the implants are to be placed first, to ensure that the end result is aesthetically pleasing.
How does it work
Modern implants are usually screws, and are screwed into the bone. These will eventually grow into the bone via a process called osseo integration. After the implant has grown into the bone, replacements can be made for the lost teeth. On the whole, implants are used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all teeth.
- When replacing a single tooth, a crown is placed onto the implant.
- When replacing multiple teeth, a bridge will usually be made, but the implant may also serve as a support for removable constructions such as a prosthetic device.
- When replacing all teeth, the structure may consist of a fixed bridge or removable prosthesis, anchored to the implants by means of, for example, push buttons or a rod-sleeve construction.
At our practice, we work a lot with implants. In most cases, we opt for a (click) prosthesis, but we also replace lost elements. We work with renowned maxillofacial surgeons who put the implants very accurately and neatly into place. The structures themselves are made on the premises.
Where implants are chosen instead of a prosthesis, an application will first be submitted to your insurers to make sure that they will reimburse the costs. Usually, they will cover 75% of the costs if a prosthesis functions so badly that an implant is the only viable option. The surgical procedure itself is a small one. You will naturally be anaesthetised. After a 3 month growth period, work can begin on the new prosthesis. During this time, you do not have to walk around without your teeth.
Implants offer many options and possibilities. We will be happy to explain what these options are.