Implantology is a dentistry branch that deals with the placement of permanent implants and artificial teeth into the jaw. This is a newer dentistry practice designed to provide permanent solutions for tooth loss.
While keeping your natural tooth is always the preferred option, if the time comes that you do need to have a tooth removed, you’ll be happy to know that there are great options available.
About the Implantology Process
So, if your dentist has told you that you are an Implantology candidate, you are likely interested in learning exactly what the process will entail. First, if it hasn’t already been removed, the original tooth will need to be extracted.
Depending on the location of the tooth in your mouth or the extent of your problem, this extraction could be completed simply using forceps – a simple extraction – or via surgery.
Next, your jawbone will be prepared in order to accept the surgery. If you don’t have enough jaw bone available for successful implantation, you may need a bone graft before you can have the implants put into place.
During the actual implant surgery, your oral surgeon will open up your gums to expose the jawbone, and holes will be drilled where the implant poles will be placed.
These posts will serve as the root, and after placement, you’ll need to wait for up to six months for the jawbone to fuse around the implant. After this process, the abutment and crown – or replacement tooth – will be permanently attached to the jaw.
These prosthetic teeth will not need to be removed in the same way that removable bridges or dentures do, and you won’t have to worry about your teeth shifting or moving in your mouth.
Implantology is a great solution if you are living with tooth loss. Contact our office today to find out if you are a good candidate.