FAQs on Straumann dental solutions

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Is implant therapy an expensive solution?

Contrary to what you might think, conventional dentures are not always cost-effective.

The initial layout for dental implant treatment varies on how many implants are needed and if bone augmentation is required. Other factors include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees.

A cost plan will be developed only when all of these aspects have been addressed, and in some cases, dental implants may be more economical in the long term.

Are there any risks when placing implants?

Implant therapy is not an experimental approach; rather it is a well-proven, state-of-the-art medical dental technique that has been scientifically tested and used for decades by dentists and surgeons worldwide.

Depending on the condition of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene or limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing medical conditions may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place.

 Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, your dentist will evaluate whether dental implants are the option for you.

Is the surgery painful?

Dental implants are generally inserted under local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort. If you experience any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, please make sure to consult with your dentist.

Are there any figures on the satisfaction level of people with implants?

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 and 31% were “happy.” Of patients with conventional restorations, only 42% claimed to be “extremely happy” while 44% said they were “generally happy”.

Is there any age limitation to implant therapy?

It is possible to insert implants as soon as the jaw has stopped growing. Therefore, in young patients, dental implants can only be placed once their jaw bones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors. This will be evaluated by the dentist.

Is ceramic “better” than titanium?

Titanium is a biocompatible metal. This means it is non-toxic and well-tolerated by the body. Implants made from titanium bond very well to living bone and have been used for decades in the medical device industry. To this day, there has been no documented case of any allergic reaction to titanium. Because of these attributes, titanium dental implants can last for decades.

If you are looking for a metal-free alternative, there is an option with the Straumann® PURE Ceramic Implant. This is made from high-strength ceramic and designed to achieve maximum functional and esthetic demands. In cases of thin or recessed gums, the implant will not shimmer through as it has the color of a natural tooth.

What if I have to replace an implant or component?

We provide original Straumann components worldwide in over 70 countries.

The Straumann Classic program means assured availability of matching prosthetic components for implants placed as early as 1974. When it comes to repeat restorations, patients can relax.

How long do I have to wait for my final restoration?

After insertion of your implant, the bonding process (osseointegration) takes about 6-8 weeks.

In this time, the implant reaches the stability needed for it to bear weight like a natural tooth. As always, healing times can vary depending on the individual condition and indication.

What distinguishes the Straumann® Dental Implant system?

We have been researching, developing and manufacturing dental implants since 1974, and to date we have placed over 14 million of them in our patients. Together with Swiss precision engineering and clinical excellence, the Straumann® Dental Implant System has earned worldwide trust, and is one of the best documented with more than 35 years of extensive scientific, clinical evidence and support by more than 700 scientific publications.1

1 According to the PUBMED database query “Straumann Dental Implant OR ITI dental implant”, 733 results as per 6th of October 2014 – with the first entry being “Schroeder A. et al.: The accumulation of osteocementum around a dental implant under physical loading, 1978.”

Implant-borne single-tooth treatment