Frequently asked questions
I have heard that implants only last for 5 years. Is that true?
No. Long-term studies show that the success rate of implants after 10 years is over 90%, on average. An expertly performed implantation procedure and careful planning of the surgery are required to achieve this. Implants can last a lifetime for patients that are in good health who attend regular dental hygienist appointments and check-ups with the dentist, and also carry out meticulous cleaning of their teeth at home.
Can implants cause harm?
Does implantation involve any pain?
Do implant-supported teeth feel different compared to natural teeth?
Are implant sometimes rejected?
How long do I have to wait after the implant surgery before returning to work?
How long does the surgery last?
When will I be able to chew normally again?
Will I be left without teeth during the treatment and during the healing periods?
Up to what age can implants be used?
How much do implants cost?
I've heard of things like “new teeth in one hour”, “fast and fixed”, and “beautiful teeth, now” in the media. Will I really be able to chew with my new implant-support teeth straight away?
Why are all implants not carried out using this fast method?
Is bone grafting not a very painful procedure?
I would like to have ceramic implants. Is that always possible?
According to patient wishes, we can use either titanium or ceramic implants in each case. Our certifications and many years of experience serve as testament to the safety of the different systems available. It should be noted, however, that currently almost all available ceramic implants are “one-piece” i.e. after being inserted, they protrude around 5 mm from the gum into the mouth, but must under no circumstances be put under any stresses or strains. This means that there are far stricter demands put on patients in terms of their care and attention regarding the implants for the duration of the healing period. This is especially true if bone grafting was required. In the near future, everything will be much improved! We are currently developing our own two-piece ceramic implant, which can be left protected under the soft-tissues (gums) to heal. Only once the healing process is completed is the implant then exposed to the stresses of the mouth, as is the case with titanium implants. For the new two-piece ceramic implants that have been presented only very recently, the critical point is the connection between the “two pieces”, abutment and implant. There is still not very much clinical experience available to refer to concerning long-term effects of stress on these implants.