Leading Implant Centers clarifies frequently asked questions relating to implantology. Be well informed prior to an implant procedure.

Zug/Switzerland, February 2014 | Have you already discussed questions you have regarding implantology with your dental specialist? Many patients know about the dental issues involved in the field of implantology only from hearsay.

Surely most patients, if asked, would be unaware of the fact whether their usual dental specialist, mostly consulted once a year, also practices in this special field of dental medicine. Leading Implant Centers is here to fill the knowledge gap. It is the first global acting internet platform and umbrella brand that lists implantologists with the highest level of education as well it also answers important patient questions in the field of implantology.

First of all one of the most commonly asked questions: what is an implant? An implant is an artificial tooth root made of bio-compatible titanium or high-strength zirconium oxide ceramic, which replaces the lost root of the natural tooth. The implant provides a firm anchorage in the jaw for dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges or removable dentures. Dental implants offer many advantages when natural teeth are lost and if replaced these should be replaced according to the natural model. Food intake is improved with beneficial effects on digestion created by the natural chewing function. Missing teeth were previously replaced with bridges, with the adjacent teeth permanently damaged by grinding. Today, they remain completely intact, which saves a lot of money in the long term for the patient's dental care. Not to replace a missing tooth with a replacement means that the remaining tooth opposite either in the upper or lower jaw has no opponent tooth and therefore has no counter acting force so that it will gradually grow into the gap. An implant however directs the chewing force into the bone structure. Implants thus ensure the preservation of the bone, as a physiologically-loaded jaw portion is stable, as a non-loaded jaw portion shrinks over time.

Many patients are scared of going to the dentist's, especially, if it is for an intervention into the jaw bone. However, before the upcoming implantation pre-treatment, diagnostic and hygienic steps have to be completed in order to establish a mutual trust between patient and implantologist. Even if the fear of the unknown still exists, implantologists often hear the following statement: "Unbelievable, if I had known how easy the procedure is, I would have been a lot less worried." Nevertheless, anxious patients can opt for a general anesthetic. It is a low risk possibility to easily undergo the intervention although a psychological sensitive and informative discussion before the treatment often is enough to reduce fears. As with a normal filling, just the usual dental local anesthetic is used. After this, the only thing the patient feels is that work is being carried out in the mouth, and the maximum she/he experiences is a slight feeling of pressure. In general, patients can immediately carry on as normal once the local anesthesia has worn off.

It is important for each patient to know exactly what is going to happen, as well as the risks of the implant treatment. However, there is no general answer to this. If there is appropriate planning and preparation for the procedure, the risks low. Many implantologists use 3-D diagnostic X-ray. Using sophisticated implant planning software and by means of computed tomographic recording, the position of the implant in relation to the corresponding reference bodies is made. The optimal implant positions govern the implantologist on the intended dentures, so that the later dentures can be supported by the implants. On the basis of these implant positions the dental specialist produces the drilling template so that during the implant intervention the previously planned implant positions can be precisely detected. The drill is guided through corresponding guide sleeves in the template so it does not tilt or move. Therefore, in many cases the cutting open of the gums is not necessary as the "substructure" is known from the 3D imaging and an injury of neighboring structures need not be feared. In only 2-4% of cases, implants do not heal and are removed after a few weeks. However, they can be implanted into the same location after 6-8 weeks.

Implants are generally suitable for all patients. Between the age of 25 and 30 is the beginning of the ideal time to use implants due to the finished growth of the jaws. There is no upper age restriction, as especially in older age the vitality after an implantation promptly increases due to the better intake of food. If for medical reasons implants are necessary for children and young people, they should not be done before the patient is 16 years of age and an extensive discussion with the young person and the parent or guardian prior to the treatment decision must be held. Smokers, diabetics or patients who are treated with bisphosphonates for osteoporosis are at higher risk during implantation and will be informed extensively prior to surgery. More frequently asked questions can be found under patient information at www.leadingimplantcenters.com/en/patients-information/faq/

However, the most important requirement for the implant procedure is the competence and experience of the implantologists. Next to the qualified training of the dental specialists in oral implantology, patients find listed dental specialists in the field of oral implant dentistry to the highest level of training and certification in their respective scientific association and/or specialist dentists on the portal http://www.leadingimplantcenters.com/en/news/, there are soft factors. But what are they? In a first step very simply that the dentist has an air of competence and that a mutual feeling of trust can be established. The chemistry needs to be right. Healing and success can only occur in an atmosphere of trust. A good implantologist should explain the purpose for which he wants to utilize implants, creates transparency for the costs and explains the opportunities and risks of the intervention, but also provides alternatives to implantation.

Practical experience, which is the standard of Leading Implant Centers, means at least four years of practical experience in oral implantology with the appropriate training and certification, and at least 200 personally placed implants with documentation and certification. Now in fourteen different countries via the internet portal Leading Implant Centers patients will only find dental specialists with implantology as their main specialty that meet these requirements.


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