Dentures – crowns, bridges, implants and prostheses
If teeth are severely damaged or lost, this can severely restrict your ability to chew and impact your whole quality of life. You need good and durable dentures, so you can chew firmly and laugh again as quickly as possible. Today we achieve this using modern treatment methods and state-of-the-art special materials.
A healthy, full set of teeth for a firm bite cannot be taken for granted. But with today’s advances in dentistry you can still have the feeling of healthy teeth – with the help of dental implants firmly anchored in the bone.
Just like the roots of real teeth, these implants sit peg-shaped in the bone. Then aesthetically matching crowns are placed on the implants that have been firmly attached to the bone. Finally you can bite firmly and laugh freely again. Gaps do not only have to be filled for aesthetic reasons, however. If a tooth root is missing, the jawbone no longer carries any natural load and will slowly recede.
Many people know the possible consequences all too well from painful experience: In the long run neighbouring teeth or dentures are overloaded and become loose. As a result, more teeth can be lost.
The alternatives, removable partial or full dentures, are still like foreign bodies in the mouth, cause pressure points and severely limit the sense of taste, touch and temperature. As a result, these prostheses need constant readjustments.
Added to this there is uncertainty when speaking, laughing and eating. Such problems simply do not arise with implants. Because they give the denture a firm hold – making you feel as if you had your own real teeth again.
1. Initial examination and consultation
As before any treatment, including implantation, a detailed consultation takes place. First of all, we take a lot of time to build up a precise picture of the conditions in your mouth, your lifestyle and your state of health. In doing so, we take your personal wishes and options into special consideration. Then comes planning. Our extensive experience, together with modern diagnostics, ensures the best possible pre-planning of the chosen intervention. Digital x-rays and computer tomography in our own clinic provide a precise picture of the state of the jaw and form the most important basis for planning.
2. Inserting the dental implant
First, after local anaesthesia, the gums are opened. Then a precisely fitting drill hole is drilled in the jaw using a special drill bit. Now the root-shaped implant is inserted and the gums closed with a suture. During the healing phase, the bone stabilises the implant and, about two months later, bone and implant have become firmly fused together.
3. Implant healing time
It is essential for the area around the operation site to be protected for a period of time to ensure that the bone grows together with the implant as quickly and naturally as possible. The healing time depends on factors such as the quality and amount of bone. Usually, a temporary tooth-coloured denture is inserted immediately after implantation. In the case of an incisor gap, this helps to preserve the appearance of the teeth and allows you to speak normally again now. We will advise you what you need to be careful of during the healing phase. You should avoid anything that puts unnecessary strain on the implant site, especially during the first few weeks after the operation.
4 . Placing the denture on the implant
After the implant has healed well and become firmly attached to the bone, we create a cast with the precise implant positions. We then manufacture a dental prosthesis that looks just like real teeth – in our own in-house dental laboratory. This is then placed on the implants and firmly attached to them.
Case studies for dental prostheses
Single tooth implant with dental crown
A single tooth gap can be effectively closed with the help of an implant. This removes the need to file the supporting adjacent teeth, which is necessary for a conventional bridge. Implants are long-lasting and look completely natural.
Single tooth crown on damaged tooth
A crown is necessary if a tooth can no longer be repaired with a filling or an inlay due to severe damage, but still needs to be preserved. It improves stability and forms a protective cap around the tooth. It can also be used to aesthetically improve unattractive teeth. Before a tooth is covered with an artificial crown, it is filed to size. After the tooth has been prepared in this way, a perfectly fitting crown is made in the laboratory. During this time, the tooth stump is protected by a temporary crown made of tooth-coloured plastic. In the second treatment step, the finished dental crown is permanently bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.
Dental bridge on implants or damaged residual teeth
If teeth are severely damaged on the outside, they can be filed on the outside, reduced in size and then capped with what is known as a tooth crown. These crowns can have one or more teeth between them. Dentists call this a “bridge”. If the teeth are so badly damaged that they have to be removed, implants can carry this bridge as artificial tooth roots. Visually, they look completely natural and you can eat solids, chew and speak freely and laugh again.
Dentures securely fixed onto implants
Completely redesigned teeth – bright, sturdy and durably anchored to fixed dental implants. This comprehensive solution is used e.g. for severely damaged residual teeth or complete loss of teeth. Here dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots and look completely natural. The artificial teeth placed on top are made of ceramic and can hardly be distinguished from real teeth. Patients can chew, speak and bite firmly again just as if they had their real and natural teeth.
Removable prosthesis on implants
In many cases, a removable prosthesis is a cost-effective but good solution. It is anchored onto fixed dental implants with a simple click. It is significantly more comfortable to wear and can lead to greater confidence with chewing, laughing and speaking. The prosthesis can still be removed for cleaning and care. Later, such a solution can be extended with 2-4 implants up to fixed dentures (up to around 6 implants per jaw, see above).
Dental implants as a permanent, less expensive solution
Although initially more expensive, implants are the more economical solution in the long term compared to conventional crown or bridge restorations, which also entail the healthy adjacent teeth being filed to ensure proper attachment. This is not required when dental implants are used. They can now be used in almost all cases thanks to advanced surgical methods – bone augmentation can be used even for more elderly patients with reduced jaw bones, enabling them to enjoy the benefits of dental implants as artificial teeth.
Detailed initial examination
This gives an exact diagnosis and a description of possible dental diseases in terms you can understand.
Necessary treatments and their alternatives will be discussed, taking as much time as needed.
You are always informed before costs are incurred. As a rule, a cost estimate will be prepared free of charge and contains a fixed and binding schedule of all expected costs.
Dentistry from a single source
Our team will be with you every step of the way, even for complex treatments and dental restorations. You can have complete trust in their expertise.
High-tech and up-to-date materials
Digital X-rays, 3D jaw imaging and computer-controlled and manufactured dental prostheses made of modern biocompatible ceramics.
Long-term dental hygiene
All of our treatments are designed for longevity and long-term dental health.
Safety through experience
Our team’s extensive experience offers you a high level of treatment safety, especially in complex renovations and reconstructions.
Aftercare and guarantee
We offer an aftercare programme in which you can participate to ensure long-term treatment success. This includes our long-term dental prosthesis guarantee.