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What are implants?

An implant can be compared to an artificial root that is placed in the jaw as a screw.

This comes at the place where the root of your former tooth or molar was.

An implant is often made of pure titanium with or without a ceramic outer layer.

These materials are not rejected by the body. An implant has a diameter of about four millimeters and is ten to sixteen millimeters long.

An implant is placed in the jaw under local anesthesia.

If an implant is properly grown with the jaw bone after a while, the body part (abutment) can be screwed on.

A crown, bridge or snap prosthesis can be made on one or more implants.

We work with high qualified implants imported from Sweden (Astra tech) and Germany (Bego).

What are implants used for?

Implants or artificial roots are used to replace a single tooth or a number of teeth or molars. For example, a crown or bridge can be made to replace lost teeth or molars or a denture can be placed over the implants in order to create more grip. Implants are a good solution for people who have problems wearing normal dentures. People who miss a tooth can also benefit from an implant. When can implants be placed?

In principle, an implant can be placed with everyone in whom the jawbone is fully grown.

Some conditions are required to make the implants a success:

To place implants, there must be enough jaw bone. The jaw bone must also be healthy. Implants can be placed where the patient no longer has his own teeth. Before an implant can be inserted, it must also be checked whether the gums around the own teeth and teeth are healthy.

If that is not the case, then it must first be made healthy. Good oral hygiene is required. You must be prepared to properly maintain the implants and the crown, bridge or prosthesis attached to them. The success rate of implants in non-smokers is higher than in smokers.

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