patient checklist before deciding
how does a dental implantation procedure work?
how do I prepare for a dental implant procedure?
what do I have to pay attention after a dental implantation?
how do I care for my dental implant?

WHAT … FOR ? (Indications)

Dental implants serve

  • as replacement of teeth,
  • to avoid grinding of teeth for crowns/bridges,
  • to hold bridges,
  • to stabilize dentures,
  • for functional reasons (joint, face muscles),
  • for esthetic reasons and
  • as orthodontic anchor (temporary)

The graphic shows a typical implant consisting of a metallic screw fixed in the bone. Into this an abutment is placed, which in turn supports the visible dental crown.

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lower molar implant (Xray shows the same)

In some cases, there are alternatives to dental implants such as bridges, adhesive bridges, orthodontic treatment and removable dentures.


  • There are no current, reliable and comparable data known, but rough estimates.
  • USA: 3 Million people have 8.6 Mio implants (AAID 2016).
  • USA: About 300.000 to 400.000 dental implants are placed per year in the USA (carefree).
  • About 1.3 Mio dental implants are placed per year in Germany (DGI 2017, Symposium 2018, Wiesbaden).

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Implant with and without visible dental crown in an upper smile area


  • Many different techniques take different times.
  • Healing times are shorter with 3D-supported techniques.
  • Faster if no bone augmentation needed. Often loss of bone needs some reconstruction.
  • Healing phase after placing takes usually 2-6 month.
  • Under certain preconditions immediate loading (usually reduced use after placing) is possible.

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snapping attachments example to hold a denture and the counterparts within the denture
this is how a prosthesis can be fixed stably

CONTRAINDICATIONS (may be relative if preconditions can be changed)

  • behavioral
    Poor oral hygiene, smoking, parafunction, no aftercare possible.
  • medical
    Diabetes mellitus, infectious diseases, certain systemic/metabolism diseases, low ability for surgery, low bone quality, bone loss (see bone augmentation).
  • pharmaceutical
    Biphosphonates, chemotherapy, drugs, alcohol, corticosteroids, immune suppression, antidepressants, proton pump inhibitors.


  • at surgery
    Tissue injury, swallowing/inhaling parts, bone fracture, injury of neighbouring teeth or structures/nervs.
  • short term
    Inflammation, injury of neighbouring teeth or structures.
    Foreign body reactions, allergic reactions, rejection.
  • long term
    Implant dislocation, chronic inflammation, chronic pain, reoperation, fracture, implant loss.
    Superstructure (Crown/Bridge/Denture): loosening, fracture.


Risks depend from several preconditions like bone volume, bone quality, superstructure and reasons in connection with the above contraindications.
There are problems reported with abutments on implants (which may be renewed without surgery), but not with implants themselves.


Dental implants come with many sizes and shapes. Most of them are screws, but blades, discs are used too. 3D-techniques allow individual designs. The surface of the implant is important (cleanliness, roughness, coating).




In Dental Implantology has to be discussed at which point a natural tooth may be maintained or not.


Topics to be discussed while planning: Individual risks, sufficient bone or bone augmentation needed (see chapter on oral bone and soft tissue), 3D-planning necessary, pretreatment necessary, surgical guide necessary, alternative solutions, preparation, aftercare.

Questions to ask your dentist before getting dental implants (printable text):  (english)   (deutsch)

Dental implants – What you should know (FDA, U.S.A.)

Implantate – die unsichtbaren Dritten (german text)
Brücke oder Implantat – Was ist besser? (german video)
Kein Geld für Zahnimplantate – Welche Alternativen gibt es? (german video)

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No register known (except for Implant-Register®). Implants are identifiable. Patients usually get a documentation (implant-passport or certificate), important for longterm care.

Identifying an unknown implant? If you don´t find it at Implant-Register®, maybe WHAT IMPLANT IS THAT? or Osseosource helps.
In the register of the registries you can check which ones are available.

The Implant-Register offers registration of implants online (fee) and you can download a printable version for your personal use (free). You may also ask your doctor or the manufacturer doing the registration with us.
It is useful to know which implant you have had inserted if problems with the implant occur later or, for example, the doctor or company can no longer be contacted.

You can share your experience here for the community by submitting it for statistical purposes (personal data will remain anonymous)

MEDICAL SOCIETIES dealing with dental/oral implantology are listed here

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