What can implant care do?
If diseases or accidents lead to tooth loss, the most unsightly gaps. These often cause problems when eating, speaking or laughing, so that those affected have the desire for fast, stable and aesthetic care. So far, the production and adaptation of customized dentures has been a time-consuming process.
“Nowadays, however, modern procedures enable gaps to be closed individually within a single treatment. According to the concept of 'teeth in an hour', patients can put pressure on the affected area immediately after the procedure, ”says Dr. Mirela-Oana Nilius, specialist for dental aesthetics, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics from the Nilius practice clinic in Dortmund. The expert explains how the individual treatment steps look in the following.
First, the dentist takes stock of the jaw situation. Because the bone condition is an important prerequisite for a stable hold and the complete healing of the artificial root. If a toothless area remains untreated for too long, jaw bones can degrade over time. As a result, neighboring teeth lose their hold and in the worst case fall out. However, each gap can be closed individually. Modern diagnostic methods such as digital volume tomography (DVT) can be used for this, which carries out a three-dimensional bone analysis beforehand. This particularly low-radiation and precise method first creates a 3D image of the jaw on the computer, which serves as the basis for further treatment.
“In addition, the procedure enables detailed insights into the tissue and bone structures as well as the course of nerve pathways and blood vessels. Each patient has an individual mouth situation, so we select an implant that optimally matches the jaw conditions, ”emphasizes the expert. In general, the individual types differ in length, diameter and thread shape. In addition, various high-quality materials such as titanium or the high-performance ceramic zirconium oxide are available, which are characterized by high stability, durability and biocompatibility.
The placement of implants, in particular, is getting faster and faster thanks to 3D operation planning. With the help of the computer-aided navigation system, all steps can be digitally designed in advance and then implemented safely and precisely. Before any implantation, however, it is important to completely cure existing diseases such as periodontitis, i.e. an inflammation of the tooth retention system. If all the conditions are right, the so-called keyhole method can be used as a particularly gentle procedure, which usually only takes 15 minutes. The minimally invasive procedure is carried out using tiny incisions under local anesthesia in order to injure as little skin and soft tissue as possible.
The expert then drills the canal for the artificial tooth root. "Firmly anchored in the bone, the implant can be fitted with a crown in the same session under ideal conditions. Immediately after the procedure, patients are allowed to eat and drink again, so that nothing stands in the way of a carefree everyday life, ”says Dr. In conclusion, Mirela-Oana Nilius. (sb, pm)