What is a Dental Implant?



Tooth implants are artificial tooth roots; they mostly have a screw-shaped or cylindrical, design.

They are implanted into the jaw bones and replace lost tooth roots. After positioning the implant, the conversion rod is removed from the implant and only the implant remains in the bone; in this case, the implant remains in the dull disc. Implantology has been officially recognized as a form of treatment since 1982.

There are various implant systems. However, the differences in the various systems available on the market are meaningless to the patient. All the systems available are very well-developed after decades of competition. Scientific studies over the last 25 years demonstrate that implants have a very high success rate. Ten years after a successful healing process, over 90% of implants are still in use and functioning.

By comparison, after 10 years, conventional bridges have a success rate of about 80%. If a tooth rescue is attempted by filling the root and is not performed by a specialist known as a endodonthologists, the success rate goes down to 50% after 10 years. These numbers clearly demonstrate that implants are superior to conventional dentures, especially in the context of longevity. Despite all these developments, some patients are still insecure about getting a tooth implant because they have heard or read about allergies caused by titanium tooth implants.

Respectable specialist literature does not recognize titanium allergies. Therefore, the statement “I cannot tolerate implants” is untrue, even though some patients do suffer the loss of an implant. So why does this false belief in titanium allergy exist in the population? It is iatrogenically caused. This means that it is caused by doctors. This rumor began within doctors’ circles.

Implantology is a very lucrative branch within the dental industry, which is why there used to be – and sometimes still are – implants inserted into unsuitable patients. Patients can be unsuitable for various reasons, such as inflammation in the mouth or because the anamnesis was ignored (heavy smoker), et cetera.

Such false indicators can frequently lead to the loss of the implant after weeks/months/years. The doctor is very unlikely to admit a mistake and it is more likely to tell his patient, “you do not tolerate titanium.” This is how the idea of titanium allergy emerged. Implants are a reliable and proven solution, so long as the correct indicators are used. There should be no inflammation present (such as periodontitis, poor root treatment, et cetera).

Despite appropriate planning and execution of the indicators, an implant can occasionally fail to heal correctly and will need to be removed later on. While this is disappointing, it is very rare and does not lead to any considerable physical damage. The ensuing bone defect is sealed by the formation of new bone material. A new implant is possible if desired by the patient. There will be more about that in the video entitled "Implantation". A conventional denture is also possible after the loss of an implant.

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