IMPLANT INFORMATION about Dental Implants

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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)
dental implant 46 02lower molar implant

Xray to the above implant dental implant 46 01


  • There are no reliable and comparable data known, but rough estimates.
  • USA: 3 Million people have 8.6Mio 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).
  • The global dental implants market is estimated to grow from $7,365.7 Million in 2015 to $10,427.7 Million in 2020 (marketsandmarkets 2016).
 dental implant denture fix 01

snapping attachments to hold a denture and counterpart within the denturedental implant denture fix 03a

  • Many different techniques take different times.
  • Healing times are shorter with 3D-supported techniques.
  • Faster if no bone augmentation needed.
  • Healing phase after placing takes usually 2-6 month.
  • Under certain preconditions immediate loading (usually reduced use after placing) is possible.
dental implant 12 01Implant abutment to hold a crown

dental implant 12 02

crown fixed

ContraindicationsbehavioralPoor oral hygiene, smoking, parafunction, no aftercare possible.
(may be relative, if the preconditions can be changed) 
medicalDiabetes mellitus, infectious diseases, certain systemic/metabolism diseases, low ability for surgery, low bone quality, bone loss (see bone augmentation).
pharmaceuticalBiphosphonates (Review), chemotherapy, drugs, alcohol, corticosteroids, immune suppression, antidepressants, proton pump inhibitors.
Risksat surgeryTissue injury, swallowing/inhaling parts, bone fracture, injury of neighbouring teeth or structures/nervs.
short termInflammation, injury of neighbouring teeth or structures.
Foreign body reactions, allergic reactions, rejection.
long termImplant dislocation, chronic inflammation, chronic pain, reoperation, fracture, implant loss.
Superstructure (Crown/Bridge/Denture): loosening, fracture.
FailuresRisks 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.
MaterialsTitaniummostly Grade 4, Grade 5 Titanium
CeramicZirconium oxide ceramic
Dental implants come with many sizes and shapes. Most of them are screws, but blades, discs. Individual shapes are possible. The surface of the implant is important (roughness, coating).
  • Problems
  • Science/Future
Most implants today are made of titanium. Ceramics have been increasingly important in recent times, plastics or derivatives might be an alternative too. Stem cell treatment seems to be possible.
CriticismIn Dental Implantology has to be discussed at which point a natural tooth may be maintained or not.
Selected patient informationTopics 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
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Implant Patient RegisterNo register known. Implants are identifiable. Patients usually get a documentation (implant-passport), 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 and you can download a printable version for your personal use.
Medical Societiesdealing with dental/oral Implantology are listed here
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