Implants have a range of applications. The most common applications are as replacements for teeth or two or more implants as the basis for a complete set of dentures. Did you know that we can also use implants to support braces? Botman dental practice Venlo specializes in implantology. This page provides more information on the options available in implantology and the way that we work.
What is an implant?
An implant is actually an artificial root — a titanium screw that we insert into the jaw. The majority of implants look like a screw and are made from titanium, a material that’s compatible with the human body and to which bone easily adheres.
Implants can be used in various situations:
- Tooth replacement:
The biggest advantage of an implant is that treatment is restricted to the point where the missing tooth was located. In contrast to a bridge, the adjacent teeth are not affected by the treatment.
- Implants with a bar and snap-on teeth:
This is an anchor to two or more implants for snap-on teeth, giving a prosthesis much better grip. Well-fitting teeth are much easier and more comfortable to use.
Who are implants suitable for?
In principle, anyone over the age of eighteen can have implants. Only those over this age are suitable, as before that age, the jaw bone is not fully developed. There are a number of other conditions that also need to be satisfied before implants can be considered. These are:
- Sufficient (healthy) jaw bone.
- Healthy gums around other teeth.
- Good physical health.
How is treatment carried out?
Treatment consists of a number of phases.
The first phase is the examination: We will use X-rays and measurements to see what options are available. We’ll then draw up a treatment plan. We’ll then schedule the treatment, during which we’ll carry out an operation to insert the implants. The wounds will heal very quickly after surgery. The healing process is problem-free in about 95% of cases, but for people who smoke or suffer from diabetes, the percentages are a little lower. In the final phase, we’ll work with the dental laboratory to produce the structure for which the implant is intended, such as a bar anchor or a crown.