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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Can you really implant happiness? Sometimes, a small piece of titanium can revitalize your smile and boost flagging self-confidence.

Those who have one or more missing teeth may feel insecure and self-conscious, but there is a story behind every missing tooth: an accident or bad genes, perhaps, or maybe cavities or periodontitis are the cause of a gap. Whatever the reason, patients want to be able to chew properly, to experience reliable stability, to retain their healthy teeth and to feel attractive.


What is a dental implant?

A tooth root made of titanium*

A dental implant is a small screw made of metal. It consists of titanium, which is well tolerated as the body accepts it as its own. Intolerance occurs rarely.

A short and painless operation for a long-term solution.

In order to take over the function of the tooth root, the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone by a short operation under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure. It knits painlessly with the bone, thus forming a solid basis for the long-term and stable fixation of the denture.

Easthetic from the start

Depending on the situation it is possible to load the implant immediately after insertion and attach the final denture. However, since the long-term success should be the main priority in every implant treatment, this decision can only be made after the dentist has carefully considered the medical situation. If the denture cannot be attached immediately, an aesthetic temporary denture is placed until the time is right for the final restoration.


Silver-white precious metal; titanium has proven to be particularly bio-compatible  The body accepts it as if it were part of it. In dentistry it is used as a basic material for implants because of its high strength and resistance.



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 anesthetic 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 Survey6), 66 percent of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations, 31 percent indicated they were “happy”. Of patients having conventional restorations, only 42 percent claimed to be “extremely happy” and 44 percent said they were generally “happy”.


Scientifically tested: Long-term surveys have shown that Straumann implants have a survival rate of up to 98 percent. Patients can count on reliable solutions as Straumann makes 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 jawbones 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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