How successful are dental implants

10 Myths and Facts About Dental Implants

There are many rumors, myths and "personal stories" about dental implants. Today we would like to comment on the ten most common questions and implant myths and give honest answers that shed light on the darkness. Dentistry, especially in the field of implantology, is significantly more advanced than it was 10 to 15 years ago. Research has contributed to the fact that nowadays even difficult cases have a good chance of a problem-free implantation. New implant systems enable significantly shorter healing times than in earlier times.

Successful dental implantation * is the norm in Marten Jan Lindeman's practice in Zeven and, with a success rate of over 95%, offers a good feeling of security and predictable results. To be in competent and experienced hands is the most important feeling for the patients of the implantologist M. J. Lindeman in order to build trust. Lindeman is known far beyond the borders of Zeven for his many years of expertise in the field of implantology and also takes on complex, demanding implantological treatments. This reputation is based on numerous implantology training courses at home and abroad as well as years of practice."More and more patients are opting for implant-supported fixed dentures and afterwards are enthusiastic about the newly gained comfort when eating, talking and laughing," reports Lindeman, who has long been a Master of Science in implantology and is now also passing on his dental expertise to dental students at the University of Hamburg. "I want to dispel the myths and put the facts on the table here," says the staunch implantologist Lindeman.

1. Dental implants are always painful. Or?

Thanks to local anesthesia, dental implantation is not at all painful - you won't notice anything under the local anesthetic. Those who are particularly anxious also want nitrous oxide sedation, which has a calming and anxiety-relieving effect. By the way: the implantation as such is usually even perceived as less bad than the tooth extraction. And of course we also pull the diseased teeth exclusively under anesthesia. Nobody has to suffer unnecessarily here.

2. It takes an extremely long time. Right? Not necessarily!

It always depends on the individual case. The implantation itself can be done relatively quickly: approx. 20 minutes - and the implant screw is inserted in the jawbone.

In some cases the implantation is delayed because the patient does not have enough jawbone to accept the implant screw and bone has to be built up beforehand. Many lose bone substance due to periodontitis (inflammation of the gums and gums). In others, the jawbone has broken down due to a long gap in the teeth because the tension and pressure on the bone was missing to stimulate natural bone growth. If an implant is inserted before the jawbone breaks down, there is usually no need for bone augmentation. For a bone augmentation one should plan conservatively calculated around 6 months. The length of the healing phase varies depending on the patient: it varies depending on the bone quality and the individual healing process. In the case of implants in the upper jaw, a healing time of approx. 8 weeks to 3 months should be expected; in the lower jaw, healing takes approx. 6 weeks to 3 months. By the way: tobacco consumption can have a negative effect on healing. So stay away from the glowing stick when implants are supposed to heal into the jaw without complications.

It's faster with mini implants: we usually use the reduced-diameter, one-piece implants to firmly anchor prostheses in the jaw. Usually no bone augmentation is necessary for this. Due to the small diameter of the implant, both the procedure itself and the healing phase are shortened.

3. Implants are too expensive! No, the new comfort is worth it!

The decision for a dental implant should not be a question of price, but a question of values. Granted, implant treatment isn't cheap, but it's worth it. The regained comfort with fixed, implant-supported dentures is worth doing without something else in favor of an implant restoration, for example, or financing the costs. In the Lindeman practice, patients receive attractive financing options and advice on private additional dental insurance, which can also cover implant costs.

The pleasant wearing comfort of fixed dentures and the longevity of implants are reason enough to opt for artificial tooth roots. With good oral hygiene, implants - like your own tooth roots - can last until the end of your life. In the long term, investing in health and a beautiful smile pays off: implants now only cost a few cents a day.

4. A prosthesis or bridge is just as good, isn't it? No, unfortunately not.

In my opinion, implants are almost always a better choice. They are superior to bridges and removable (partial) prostheses in many ways: Because the artificial tooth roots prevent bone loss in the jaw through constant stimulation, tension and pressure on the bone tissue. Just like natural tooth roots, it is stimulated to constantly form new bone cells. Another disadvantage of conventional dental restorations with bridges: the healthy hard tooth substance of the neighboring teeth must be ground so that the bridge can be attached to it. Thanks to implants, on the other hand, both the jawbone and the hard tooth substance of the neighboring teeth are preserved over the long term. Implants not only anchor individual teeth, but also bridges, partial and full dentures firmly in the jaw. In addition, implant wearers save themselves the annoying taste-changing adhesive cream that is often necessary for removable dentures. With implant-supported upper jaw prostheses, the palate is free - this ensures a better taste sensation when eating compared to conventional prostheses, which have to suck in order to attach to the palate.

5. Can every dentist place implants? Yes but...

Although every dentist is allowed to place implants, patients should ensure that they choose an experienced implantologist. This should insert a large number of dental implants per year and continue to educate themselves. Certification as an implantologist by the German Society for Implantology (DGI) is also a sign of quality. If you are not sure, you can openly ask the dentist or oral or oral surgeon how many implants he uses per year.

6. Implants have to be replaced at some point. Or?

Dental implants can last a lifetime. Provided that they have been used correctly and that oral hygiene is permanent. Because no matter how experienced and competent the implantologist is, if the teeth are not brushed conscientiously and professional teeth cleaning is carried out regularly, the gums and the tooth support apparatus can become inflamed: the result is tooth or implant loss. But those who properly care for their implant-supported dentures and have them checked regularly by the dentist will enjoy their new "third party" for a long time: 95% of the dental implants used still keep their promises years later.

7. Can everyone tolerate implants? Or are there also allergies?

Dental implants are biocompatible - that is, they are well tolerated in the body. In most cases, they are made of high-purity titanium. This is inert, so it does not react with the surrounding tissue and usually does not cause an allergy. In fact, only 1 in 10,000 people are intolerant to titanium. In this case, however, a ceramic implant can always be used. The excuse "But I can't take it" no longer applies.

8. Are implants also suitable for older people? Sure, of course!

Older people in particular wonder whether they are still “young enough” to undergo implant treatment so that the artificial tooth root actually heals. The healing success of dental implants is not a question of age, but of general health. If there is nothing wrong with implantation in terms of health, implants can in principle be used at any age. There is even a lot to be said for it: especially for older patients with a toothless jaw, for example, mini-implants are suitable for secure and firm anchoring of a prosthesis. Advantage: the healing of mini implants is shorter and the procedure is even gentler.

9. So are implants suitable for everyone? Not quite...

Implants cannot be used under certain conditions. Anyone who does not perform their oral hygiene carefully and therefore does not properly care for the implants should refrain from using dental implants. Because these will probably turn out just like natural teeth over time. The daily brushing of teeth for implant patients corresponds to the dental care of natural teeth.

Take care when taking certain medications, such as psychotropic drugs, blood coagulation or osteoporosis medication: Talk to your dentist whether an implantation is possible despite taking these preparations. In addition, the following applies to high-risk patients who want implant-supported dentures: If periodontitis is present, this must first be treated to the end before implants can be inserted. Other diseases, such as diabetes that has not been stopped, wound healing disorders or severe cardiovascular diseases, can make implantation difficult. These patients should see an experienced implantologist, who will then decide individually whether an implant makes sense.

10. Do dental implants look artificial? Not at all!

If the implantologist and dental laboratory have done the job correctly, dental implants cannot be distinguished from natural teeth. Only the dentist knows that the tooth root is made of titanium and has a ceramic crown. A hearty laugh is therefore possible without any problems, nobody recognizes the implant. The mouthfeel also corresponds to that of natural teeth.


An implant is usually the better treatment solution in the event of tooth loss. It is suitable for the vast majority of adults. Anyone who has excuses, such as pain during the implantation or intolerance of the implants, is not up to date. Most interventions are now routine. And they are minimally invasive. The high success rates for dental implants of approx. 95% speak for themselves - titanium implants are very well tolerated and usually heal well into the tissue. In addition, nowadays implants are almost painless. And if you take out additional dental insurance in good time, ideally you don't have to worry about the costs.


* Experts put the five-year success rate for upper and lower jaw implants at 80 to 95 percent. Manufacturers even speak of a ten-year survival rate of the implants of over 95 percent. Due to the somewhat harder bone structure, the healing in the lower jaw is slightly superior to that in the upper jaw. Manufacturers even speak of ten-year survival rates of over 95 percent. "

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Category: | Date: September 07, 2020