Frequently Asked Questions
How much does an implant cost?
The initial costs of implant treatment vary depending on the complexity of each case: how many implants are needed, is bone augmentation required? A cost plan can only be developed once these issues have been addressed. Factors to be considered include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. Although associated with greater initial investments, in many cases dental implants may offer a more economical solution in the long term.
What are the risks?
The risk is very low but this does depend on the medical condition of each patient. Bad oral hygiene and limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. During your consultation, medical conditions and associated risks will be assessed and the long-term success of surgery will be considered.
Does it hurt?
Dental implants are inserted under local anaesthetic to help minimise discomfort during the operation. Sedation is also offered as an option. If you experience any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, please make sure you contact the clinic.
How many people are more satisfied with an implant than with conventional treatment?
According to a survey carried out with 10,000 patients in Germany (Riegl Survey 6), 66 percent of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations, 31 percent indicated they were “happy.” Of patients having conventional restorations, only 42 percent claimed to be “extremely happy” and 44 percent said they were generally “happy.”
What are the success rates?
Long-term surveys have shown that Straumann implants have a survival rate of up to 98 percent. As a clinic, we use the Straumann implant system because, unlike other systems, they make no compromises on quality.
How do I care for my implant?
Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, patients should be aware of the fact that teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure reliable results. Regular oral health assessments and preventative hygiene appointments are also necessary.
Are there age limitations?
Implants can only be placed in young people once their jaw has stopped growing. At the other end of the spectrum there is no age limit, provided of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.