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Are you looking for high-quality dental implants in Berlin?  At our dental practice in Berlin Spandau, dental implantology is at the heart of our treatments. Our team in has many years of experience in implantology and uses the latest technologies to best meet your needs.

 

Why should you choose dental implants?

When teeth are lost, patients have a number of options to solve the problem. Before implants were available, lost teeth were replaced by dentures, whether removable in the sense of a denture or fixed in the sense of a bridge. For some years now, dentists have had the option of placing implants in addition to the classic dentures just described. These are artificial tooth roots that have to be planted in the bone.

If this is done in good time with the patient, it is usually possible to avoid costly bone reconstruction (so-called augmentation).

Therefore, in addition to a good general physical condition, a sufficient amount of bone is also a prerequisite for a successful implantation. The appropriate time should be determined with your implantologist.

A distinction is made between immediate implantation and late implantation.

In the former, the implant is placed in the exposed tooth bed immediately after the tooth has been extracted. Late implantation takes place 6-8 weeks after the extraction.

 

What are the advantages of implantology / implants for patients?

These are obvious: Individual crowns as well as entire dental prostheses can be attached to these artificial tooth roots.

If one has healthy teeth after a tooth loss, these were ground down to accommodate a bridge, with the help of modern implantology this is completely unnecessary, as the single tooth implant carries a crown that closes the gap.

Similarly, implants are important for the edentulous jaw. Whereas removable dentures could only be inadequately fixed after complete tooth loss, especially in the lower jaw, this can now be achieved with implants, provided there is enough bone.

However, as good as implants may be, they are not protected from bacterial attack, just like our teeth.

This means that after successful implantation, meticulous oral hygiene must be practised, and in particular it is advisable to go for prophylaxis at least every six months.

 

Dental implants vs. classic dentures

Speaking, eating and laughing – today, more than ever, our teeth have to perform a variety of tasks.

High-quality implants

Conventional dentures (bridges and prostheses) are usually insufficient to meet today’s demands and possibilities.

Dental implants have been a good alternative for many years.

Implants are artificial roots, eight to ten millimetres long. They are implanted in the upper or lower jaw on an outpatient basis and without pain under local anaesthetic.

After a healing phase, crowns, bridges or prostheses can be permanently or removably, but securely, fixed to these artificial roots.

Advantages of dental implants:

  • No foreign body feeling
  • Protection of healthy neighbouring teeth
  • No rocking dentures
  • No palatal plates in the upper jaw
  • “Retaining” bone in edentulous jaw sections

What is involved in implant treatment?

A few steps precede an implantation. If necessary, these are coordinated with the family doctor and the dental laboratory by our practice. These include:

  • Detailed examination and clarification of the dental and general medical history
  • Decision whether implants are possible
  • Which solution is the best and most economical for me
  • Preparation of a treatment and appointment plan

 

DENTAL IMPLANTS: STRUCTURE AND INSTALLATION

Strictly speaking, the term dental implant does not tell the whole story. Together with the implant, the dental prosthesis must be named. This is because the dental implant is the invisible part of the treatment, it is the artificial tooth root that is inserted by the dentist. Visible, on the other hand, is the dental prosthesis that is inserted afterwards.

The structure of the treatment should be the topic here, because it is not done with one session. This is a reason for reassurance for you, because inserting dental implants is a complex procedure that needs to be well prepared. That is exactly what we do in our practice.

 

The structure of the treatment

First of all, the diagnosis is indispensable. In the first consultation we explain everything you need to know. Only then, in the second step, does the preparation take place so that the setting can be carried out. The third step is the actual surgical procedure. The last step is the cementation of the crown and abutment.

Since it is important that you understand and can follow the individual steps, we will explain here what is meant by “abutment”. If you are already informed about this, you can simply skip these sentences.

Abutment is the term used to describe the connecting piece between the dental implant and the dental crowns. One could write a lot more about abutment, but at this point it should be enough for the moment. In our consultation we will be happy to explain the finer points to you, and if you are already quite knowledgeable or simply curious, we will also dive deeper into the subject with you.

 

Good preparation

We know or are told if you have, for example, diseases of the bone system or poor blood clotting and what medication you take regularly. Treatment with dental implants is also not advisable in the case of hepatitis or cancer.

Once all the preliminary examinations have been completed, the insertion can begin. First, the dental implant is implanted into the bone tissue. In the next step, after the healing phase, the abutment is screwed in and an impression is made, which serves as the basis for the dental prosthesis. In the final step, the denture is then inserted.

Not everything that is possible is also necessary

In every industry there are “black sheep” who do not work in the patients’ best interest but offer everything that promises sales. We also know this because time and again patients come to us who are dissatisfied with the treatment they have received or have problems after having had something done.

In a way, we approach the matter the other way round. Before we talk to you about what is possible, we turn our attention to what is necessary. Because quite often that is less than what you get in the end.

Our goal is to improve your quality of life with the help of implants.

PROBLEMS WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS

In recent years, dental implants have become really “hyped”. They have been touted as the ultimate solution, and rightly so. But a fair view also includes the other side. Those who conceal possible problems or complications from patients are acting negligently or even intentionally. Therefore, we would like to mention a few points that are important for you.

 

Periimplatitis

You may have heard of periimplatitis. And maybe you have read that it is an inflammation of an implant. This is not true. The dental implant itself does not become inflamed, but the gums or the tooth bed around the implant.

 

How can peri-implantitis occur?

The following factors can favour the development of periimplantitis:

  • poor oral hygiene
  • regular and heavy smoking
  • periodontitis
  • an unfavourable initial bone situation, which leads to bone loss

 

But there can also be difficulties in connection with the implant itself:

  • overloading or incorrect loading of the dental implant
  • too little tissue around the implant
  • mistakes in the size of the dental implant
  • an incorrectly chosen implant angle
  • lack of accuracy of fit
  • cement residues

As you can see, there are various causes, which can either be found in your physical conditions or lifestyle, or can be explained by errors in the placement or the material.

One of the insidious things about peri-implantitis is the fact that bone loss is not noticed at first in the course of this inflammation. The inflammation can therefore develop unnoticed, as this process usually takes place without pain.

 

Recognising, naming and rectifying errors

Whether you fulfil the physical prerequisites for a successful installation of dental implants can only and exclusively be clarified in a personal conversation. Every person is different, so the prerequisites can only be determined individually.

But there are also aspects that do not concern you yourself, but are related to the treatment. Here are some examples:

  • The dentist or implantologist has too little experience
  • There is too much tension during the operation
  • The pressure when inserting the implant is too high.
  • Mistakes are made in the planning, for example in the correct position of the dental implant.

So it’s fair to say that it’s important for dentists to gain experience. But when it comes to your implant, it is better not to dare to experiment.

 

Our experience, your security

Ask us about our experience, about our qualifications, about our methods! In the field of dental implants, we advise you to ask one question too many rather than one too few.

And, to put it bluntly at this point: we value the next generation of dentists, so much so that we train them ourselves. Today’s beginners are tomorrow’s professionals.

But when it comes to your dental implants, it is better to rely on the tried and tested, the task is too complex, the possibilities of making mistakes too numerous.

We have been in the initial phase for a long time, we have used many years to train and educate ourselves. We have achieved a level of dental medicine that meets the high standards of dental implants.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE AND DENTAL IMPLANTS 

Health insurance companies are legally obligated to cover the costs of treatments only if they are “medically necessary.” However, what exactly constitutes as medically necessary might not always be easy for laypeople to understand. One thing to note is that dental implants are not considered reimbursable services. Nevertheless, this statement doesn’t tell the whole story, as the regulations extend beyond this categorical denial.

When and what does statutory health insurance cover? 

As the saying goes, exceptions prove the rule, and this holds true for dental implants as well. While they are generally not covered, there are situations where the statutory health insurance (GKV) may provide cost coverage. For instance, treatment under general anesthesia is also not typically covered, yet there are specific circumstances under which GKV may cover the costs for such anesthesia.

In the context of dental implants, this means that while the dental implant itself is not covered by GKV, they do provide a subsidy for the dental prosthesis attached to the implants. You will receive a fixed subsidy for this dental prosthesis, equivalent to what the health insurance company would have provided for the standard treatment. Although the statutory health insurance by law includes a bridge or denture as standard treatment, your choice between these options and an implant will not affect the amount of the subsidy you receive from the GKV.

Under certain conditions, such as maintaining a well-documented bonus record, you may even be eligible for higher levels of cost coverage.

 

The Hardship Provision

For individuals with very low incomes, there is what’s known as the hardship provision. It comes into play when an income threshold is not met. To determine if this hardship provision applies, the health insurance company requires a treatment and cost plan, as well as information about your family’s income. If it does apply, the fixed subsidy is increased to double the regular amount.

Now, the question arises: What are these income limits? The basis for measurement is the patient’s or family’s gross income. Currently (as of 2022), the following thresholds apply:

  • Single individuals: €1,316
  • Single with one dependent: €1,809.50
  • Each additional dependent: an extra €329

Please note two things:

  • The income limits are periodically adjusted.
  • If you are already exempt from copayments for medical devices and medications, there’s a good chance that this exemption also applies to dental prosthetics.

However, it’s important to understand that point 2 is not an automatic process. Therefore, in any case, consult your health insurance provider or inform us of your situation. We can provide an initial assessment before you approach your health insurance company.

 

Exceptional Indications

There are further exceptions that confirm the rule mentioned above. In such cases, we refer to them as exceptional indications. This means that, under specific conditions, the costs for dental implants may be covered by the health insurance. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list:

  • Severe jaw diseases
  • Jaw defects resulting from accidents
  • Tumors
  • Missing teeth due to genetically inherited causes

In these situations, the health insurance company must cover the costs for the implants.

We’re Here to Guide You

What you’ve read here only scratches the surface. Over the decades, the legislature has created an extensive catalog that has grown increasingly complex.

Therefore, we consider it one of our responsibilities to actively assist you with important questions concerning cost coverage by your health insurance and to show you what matters.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us; we’ll guide you through it.

 

DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR SENIORS

In recent decades, our life expectancy has significantly increased. Thanks to medical advancements, healthy eating, and physical activity, more and more people can celebrate their 100th birthday. Therefore, it’s worth paying special attention to our teeth as well. Dental implants for seniors promise a higher quality of life, whether it’s about speaking, smiling, or eating. Let’s go over the essential points.

The Prerequisites for Dental Implants in Seniors

There are two prerequisites that must be met for dental implants to be a suitable option for you:

  • Sufficient (jaw) bone structure: Dental implants require a stable foundation. Therefore, having an adequate amount of jawbone substance is essential. Whether you meet this requirement is something we will discuss with you thoroughly.
  • Good overall health: Your general health is equally important. Conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and age-related limitations might make dental implant placement less favorable. However, this doesn’t mean there’s a specific age limit for you. If the conditions are suitable, age itself is not a deciding factor.

Furthermore, not every obstacle is insurmountable. For example, bone loss can now be addressed through dental procedures. Jawbone can be rebuilt, even in older age, and there are also options like mini-implants, which are smaller and require less bone structure, making them a viable alternative.

 

Why Choose Implants in Older Age?

Many people can attest to the disadvantages of conventional dentures. Dental implants, on the other hand, come closest to natural teeth. Especially in everyday life and practical matters, such as eating or speaking, dentures can lead to limitations. These limitations are not minor and, depending on their severity, can even lead to social isolation.

Dental implants also have an advantage when it comes to lifespan. With proper care, they can last 15 to 20 years, a longevity that most dentures don’t achieve. This difference is not only due to materials and maintenance but also relates to bone loss, which tends to progress more rapidly with dentures. Dental implants, by simulating the natural tooth root, prevent or at least slow down further bone loss.

Can You Afford It?

Unfortunately, many patients must grapple with this question, as dental implants come with a price tag. However, this doesn’t mean you have to abandon your plans. There are various ways to reduce the financial burden, such as installment payments.

Firstly, whether you are publicly insured (GKV) or privately insured (PKV) makes a difference. For those with private insurance, the level of insurance coverage depends on the specific policy. We’re here to assist you in understanding what your policy covers.

If you are a member of the GKV, the amount of the subsidy depends on various factors. The health insurance company requires a treatment and cost plan, and you may need to provide your bonus record. In some cases, you may also need to disclose information about your income, such as pensions, unemployment benefits, sick pay, alimony, and other sources of income.

 

We’re Here to Help You

There are additional ways to save on costs. For example, we collaborate with laboratories located outside of Germany, which are capable of producing high-quality implant crowns or implant-supported dentures at significantly lower prices. Quality is not compromised in this process, as we can confirm from a professional standpoint and based on our extensive experience.

Feel free to reach out to us, and we will discuss how to make dental implants more affordable for you.

DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR CHILDREN

The initial thought that comes to mind when considering treating children with dental implants often prompts an almost instinctive rejection. It’s no wonder since most people associate implants with adults or even elderly individuals. However, what should come as no surprise is that children can indeed require dental implants.

 

When It Comes to Children

You’re probably familiar with the saying: “You can’t inherit experiences; you have to make them.” And there’s truth to that. Children need to explore, experiment, and pursue their hobbies, often including sports. In the realm of sports, injuries can occur.

The World Health Organization (WHO) speaks of a front tooth trauma that affects children as well, with 20 to 30 percent of seven to 14-year-olds suffering from it. The most common cause is trendy sports. These sports often result in severe tooth damage, and teeth frequently need to be removed.

Physical and Psychological Consequences in Children

In addition to the dental issues, another concern arises: Children with missing teeth are not as carefree as their peers. They are often exposed to verbal attacks or insults. Children, especially, are susceptible to such attacks and typically react with psychological difficulties that can become a long-term problem.

 

Dental Implants for Children: What About Growth?

It’s often heard that children shouldn’t receive dental implants while they are still growing. After all, dental implants do not grow with the child, and that’s indeed correct. However, prosthetic adjustments are possible, allowing the implants to be adapted as the child grows.

Another argument centers around the limited bone volume in children. While this is also true, it doesn’t rule out dental implants. An untreated tooth gap left for a long time can not only result in psychological consequences due to teasing but can also impede bone growth.

Children: A Highly Individualized Approach

As a general rule, it’s recommended not to consider dental implants for children before the age of 18. While this may be a sensible guideline, it ultimately comes down to individual cases, both from a dental and psychological perspective. Rejecting dental implants for children across the board may not be the wisest approach.

A blanket age restriction doesn’t make much sense, as girls develop differently than boys, and their development concludes at a different point than boys.

Consultation from the Start

What’s crucial for adults is indispensable for children: a thorough medical history and counseling. It’s important to evaluate growth alongside an assessment of the alveolar bone and draw appropriate conclusions. Surgical and orthodontic treatments can begin a year before the actual dental implant insertion in some cases.

Advantages for Your Child with Us

Children deserve an especially gentle and empathetic treatment. A child-friendly approach is crucial when it comes to dental implants for your young ones. We have gained extensive experience in dealing with children, understanding the moments when they may feel nervous or anxious.

You’ll also benefit from the fact that we provide treatments for individuals with dental phobia at our practice (severe dental anxiety that goes beyond the usual discomfort). We know precisely how to cater to sensitive or young patients.

Additionally, our practice employs a multidisciplinary approach, ensuring that we view your child holistically and pay attention to aspects on the periphery of the primary treatment, giving them the attention they deserve.

For “our” children, it’s important to note that they’ll be happy to return to our practice. There’s hardly a greater compliment one can receive.

COSTS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

A Note at the Beginning of this Information Text: It is not possible to make a blanket statement about the costs of dental implants. So, before we delve into specific examples, let us provide the reasons why generic models are inadequate.

Every person is unique.

A statement that can be applied in numerous contexts, and it particularly holds true for dental implants. What might be a perfect dental implant for Patient A may not suit Patient B at all. Therefore, it’s important to consider the individual case and discuss all aspects of the procedure in detail during a consultation.

Not only is every person different, but insurance policies also vary. While there are relatively many similarities among statutory health insurance policies (GKV) because their basic services are legally defined, the situation is different with private health insurance policies (PKV). What is covered or not covered depends on the specific policy. Those with high-quality coverage can expect the reimbursement of substantial costs.

Regardless of the type of insurance you have, it is advisable to thoroughly inform yourself about the terms and conditions with your insurance provider. In case of doubt, seek assistance, as the regulations may not always be straightforward for policyholders to understand.

From a Single Implant to Full Replacement

Sometimes, a single dental implant is all that’s needed. In other situations, larger gaps need to be filled, or the jaw is edentulous and requires a complete set of dental implants. Costs will vary depending on the specific needs.

Differences also exist in the materials used. While single-tooth implants may allow for the use of high-quality materials within your personal budget, costs can significantly increase when dealing with multiple implants or a full replacement.

When planning for dental implants, consider not only the costs of the implants and the treatment but also additional measures that may be necessary before the implantation. These measures may include bone-building activities. Modern dental practices may also utilize three-dimensional planning, which allows you to get a glimpse of the eventual results. Surgical templates and navigated surgery are also possible.

Lastly, the dentist’s labor and the dental complexities associated with implants play a role and can affect the expected costs.

An Example Calculation

To provide you with an approximate overview of the costs associated with dental implants, we offer you an example calculation. These calculations include costs for materials, laboratory expenses, and professional fees. While this example calculation cannot replace a precise cost estimate, it can give you a general idea:

 

Dental Implant Costs
Single Implant for a Side Tooth: 1.600 – 2.450 €
Single Implant for a Front Tooth:1.700 – 2.850 €
Implant Bridge Supported by Two Dental Implants: 3.500 – 4.600 €
For Edentulous Cases (No Natural Teeth): Removable Denture Anchored by Two Implants Plus an Additional Bar 
For Edentulous Cases: Fixed Dental Implant-Supported Prosthesis per Jaw: 12.500€

 

The insurance benefits are not included in this sample calculation. Additionally, we can help you create a detailed cost plan that you can then submit to your health insurance company.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? CONTACT US!

If you are looking for high-quality dental implants in Berlin Spandau, we are your trusted choice. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our comprehensive dental services.

 

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