Teeth should theoretically last a lifetime. The practice, however, often looks different. In the course of a lifetime, teeth may fail for a variety of reasons. This can be a sports accident at a young age or tooth loss as you get older. An alternative to the conventional bridges or the so-called third teeth are dental implants. They are firmly anchored in the jawbone and offer the advantage that healthy neighbors teeth do not have to be ground. However, this is often associated with high costs. Private clinics abroad make the previously expensive dentures at the highest quality affordable.
"Dental implants are the first choice for young people over the age of 16, when it comes to the replacement of teeth, " said the Aachen dentist and implantologist Dr. med. Matthias Meier. "In contrast to the classic crown or bridge, implants do not need to grind healthy neighboring teeth, leaving the healthy tooth substance intact, which increases its lifespan."
Alternative to the third teeth
But implants also offer many advantages as an alternative to the so-called third teeth, since the denture can be firmly anchored to the implants. Painful pressure points and a reduced feeling of chewing are thus a thing of the past. The taste sensation is preserved. The natural transmission of chewing forces stimulates the metabolism of the jawbone, so that sufficient stress is exerted and the dreaded bone loss is prevented.
What are implants?
Implants are artificial titanium roots that are inserted in the shape of a screw or a cylinder in the jawbone. The metal is particularly tissue-compatible, does not trigger any allergic reactions and quickly forms a biological connection with the jawbone. The use is straightforward and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
During treatment, the doctor drills one or more holes in the jawbone, into which the implant can be screwed. Then the dental mucosa is sutured tight-saliva, in order to avoid any inflammation and to accelerate the healing process. After the healing phase, the actual dentures can be used. For the later exposure of the titanium insert, only a small intervention by laser is required. Thereafter, the crowns, bridges or prostheses can be attached to the stable base.
Only small subsidy from health insurance
Statutory health insurance companies only pay a small fixed subsidy for dentures, so that tooth restoration often entails very high costs for the person concerned, which must be paid for privately. There are cheap alternatives abroad. Private dental clinics offer quality standards and technical equipment that only a few facilities have in Germany. The treatment costs are up to 50% below the comparable costs in Germany. For aftercare, a network of qualified partner dentists near the home in the patient's home country is available.