Dental prosthetics is a complex of procedures to replace missed teeth. Depending on the number and positions of missing teeth, your dentist can advise different options for tooth replacement. In developed countries dental prosthetics has become a routine; there are about 2.000.000 various procedures to replace teeth are held annually in dental clinics in Germany. Modern methods of tooth restoration aim maximal preservation of own patient’s teeth and sparing replacement of the missed ones. Below we will tell you about the main methods and techniques for tooth replacements Germany.
Modern dental prosthetics in Germany offers various solutions to mask a lack of teeth and restore your chewing function.
Removable dental prosthetics
“Removable denture” may sound old-fashioned but, actually, today removable dentures are far from those grandma’s pieces that fall out so easily. Depending on the degree of your tooth loss, you may need complete or partial denture.
A complete denture replaces the completely missing teeth; it includes two pieces for the upper and low jaws. In terms of placement techniques, complete denture can be:
- Conventional: It is a step-by-step method. A denture can be placed in a mouth of a patient 8-12 weeks after removal of the teeth. Inconvenience of this approach that the patient stays without teeth in a healing period. But it is a safe method allowing good fitting of the dental prosthetics after placement.
- Immediate: A denture is produced in advance and placed immediately after removal of the teeth. The patient can enjoy the full mouth of teeth but, as the jawbones may deteriorate over time, following adjustment may be required.
A partial denture is used when it is only needed to replace a few missing teeth. It is fixed by a metal framework. Probably, it is not the most comfortable way to replace your missing teeth, but some people choose it as a budget option. Partial dentures also can be used as a temporary tooth replacement.
Custom dentures are the same complete dentures, but tailored and performed on the state-of-art level. Dental prosthetics in Germany is oriented to this type of dental works pursuing not only functional but also aesthetic purposes. With a custom denture your teeth will have more natural look.
Materials for Removable Dentures
Currently, there is a choice of materials both for a denture base and tooth imitation in dental prosthetics.
The base materials are:
- Flexible resin
The tooth materials are:
- Hard plastic
German dentists recommend a combination of resin and porcelain for tooth replacement, as it provides better sitting and more natural look, but it is also the most expensive option. You can ask advice of your dentist to evaluate what is best for you, taking into consideration your budget.
Non-removable dental prosthetics
For permanent tooth replacement you need a base to fix your dental prosthetics. In modern dental prosthetics in Germany dental implants are mostly used option to provide a safe foundation for your restoration.
An implant is a titanium (mostly) rod placed into the jawbone to provide a base for your dental prosthesis. In case of single missing tooth, it can be a crown; if you have a lack of more than one tooth in a row, you may need a dental bridge. In other cases a complete denture can be secured on implants.
There are a variety of implants depending on design and method of placement; here we can give you only a brief of what we explain in another article Dental implantation.
Based on the time of placing implants can be
- Immediate: An implant is placed immediately after a tooth extraction.
- Delayed: Am implants is placed 2-3 months after a tooth extraction.
Implants also can be:
- One-staged: An implant is non-collapsible and placed in one stage
- Two-staged: An implant consists of two parts; first, a root is placed into the jawbone and, then, after 2-3 months another surgery is undertaken to place an abutment (a base for restoration).
The type of implants and a method of implantation are considered with a dentist based on your examination. In Germany, dental specialists always evaluate pros or cons of every option meticulously to choose the best way of tooth replacement for every patient.
A dental crown is a cap to place on an implant to replace missed tooth or on a damaged tooth to cover it.
In traditional dental prosthetics crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge. In this case, they cover the teeth neighboring to the gap. A disadvantage of this type of tooth replacement is that a dentist has to grind the natural teeth before covering them with a crown. With development of implantation, this method has lost its popularity, but it is still used. It can be recommended, when the teeth intended for crowns are badly damaged and covering them will restore their function and appearance.
Before implantation has appeared, dental bridges were the most popular permanent dentures: those who did not want to wear removable choose the bridges. Dental bridges are still widely used in dental prosthetics when you have several missed teeth in line, and now they can be secured on implants without damage to healthy teeth. Dental bridges are a practical and safe non-removable dental prosthesis for tooth restoration.
Complete Denture Secured on Implants
It is also possible to secure your complete denture using implants.
Currently, there are two techniques of dental prosthetics in Germany:
- Traditional: slow but reliable
- Immediate: quick and also reliable
Honestly, we are failed to decide which of them more widely used. You may ask why not to use quick method for all patients if it is also reliable. German dentists will answer you the proper methods depend on your situation. Only after diagnosis, it is possible to say, which of tooth restoration techniques is the best for you.
In German dental clinics, computed tomography is the main method of diagnosis. Based on 3-D images, your dentist will check all the main factors that can influence your tooth restoration. The most important is the quality (thickness and structure) of your jawbone. If your jawbone is weak and narrow, probably you are a candidate for a traditional step-by-step technique.
Another factor is a presence of co-morbidities. If you have any oral infections, gum diseases or cysts, you first need to eliminate them. Uncomplicated caries may be treated together with restoration.
Traditional Tooth Restoration
Dental prosthesis in Germany using implantation includes the following steps:
- Tooth removal, if needed.
- Bone augmentation surgery, if needed. You also may require sinus lifting.
- Waiting up to 6 months.
- Implant installation.
- Waiting 2-3 months.
- Dental prosthesis placement. Dentures are produced in advances based on your moth examination.
If your tooth restoration does not involve implantation, e.g. you are going to have a traditional dental bridge, everything is simpler. Once you have everything healed in your mouth, you may have your pre-produced denture.
New Teeth in One Visit
If your mouth tissues are healthy, you can have an immediate tooth replacement. After computed diagnostic a dentist will design a restoration project, which includes a surgery plan and design of your restoration. Immediately after this your restoration will be produced using special computer guided compact machines. It may take a few hours. Then, in one session, the dentist performs surgery, install implants and place the restoration that may include crowns, bridges, onlays, etc. It is easy, is not it? And will not cost you more than a step-by-step surgery.
All on for
These strange words mean that you may have your complete denture secured on four implants. Normally, in Germany this procedure is done in two steps: one day for each jaw. The main thing here is to accurately determine the right spots for implant placement. It only sounds easy, but needs a high qualification of a surgeon. Happily, in Germany you should not worry about the quality of dental prosthetics, you restoration will be pre-calculated with a computer.
Germany and the quality are synonyms. We say this not out of proud but this is a fact confirmed by years of successful dental treatments and tooth replacements. Dental prosthetics in Germany is highly technologically developed area of medicine with qualified specialists and best material produced in Germany, neighboring Switzerland and other EU countries.
There is no difference in the quality of services in state dental clinics and private dental centers in Germany, thanks German health care quality standards. You should check only for available services and prices that are not low but affordable.
And one more thing, you can combine two things on one: have quality tooth replacement and enjoy German landscape. Germany is a beautiful country with many places to see.
Here you will find average prices for different dental prosthetics services in Germany. Please keep in mind that prices are approximate and you should ask clinics for quotation.
|Dental bridges||from €2.000|
|Cheap set||from €800|
|Acryl + Hard Plastic Teeth Set||from €.1100|
|Resin + Porcelain Teeth Set||€1.500-2.800|
|Premium (customer) Resin + Porcelain Teeth||€2.300-3.700|