In dentistry, an implant is referred to as an artificial dental root, which is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone where a tooth is missing.
The post protruding in the oral cavity serves as an abutment for the dental restoration (crown, bridge, or prosthesis) that is placed over it. With implants you can speak, laugh and bite your teeth together with confidence - in other words, you can enjoy life again.
One of the biggest medical advantages of placing implants where teeth are missing, is that healthy neighbouring teeth no longer have to be ground down. Implants have proved successful in the following cases:
Since April 2007, many implant surgeries have been performed on the basis of a 3D planning (the data are obtained from a Computer Tomogram) (see also "Current News").
If there is not enough bone material, there is still the possibility to create surgically a new bone-bed before the implant (through bone transplantation).
Because of his many years' experience, Dr. Dr. Dietrich was certified in 1999 as an Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon with "Specialisation in Implantology". This professional certification is valid for five years from the date of issue and has to be subsequently renewed by a recertification process.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
- Proof of successfully completed implantology-related training at a scientific association: German Association of Oral an Maxillofacial Surgery (DGMKG), German Association for Implantology (DGI)
- Proof of at least three years of implantological activity
- Proof of at least 200 placed and/or treated implants or at least 70 patients