Dental implantology is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the placement and restoration of dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implantology is used to replace one or more missing teeth and restore the appearance and function of the smile.
The dental implant placement process typically involves the following steps:
1. Evaluation and treatment planning: The dentist will evaluate the patient's dental health and create a personalized treatment plan based on their needs and goals.
2. Implant placement: The dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it will integrate with the bone tissue over time.
3. Abutment placement: Once the implant has fused with the bone tissue, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant to support the dental prosthesis.
4. Prosthesis placement: The dental prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, is placed onto the abutment and secured in place.
Dental implantology offers several benefits over traditional dental prostheses, such as dentures and bridges. Dental implants are permanent and more stable than other prostheses, which can slip or move around in the mouth. They also look and feel more like natural teeth and can improve the overall appearance of the smile.
However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implant placement. Patients must have sufficient bone tissue in the jaw to support the implant, and good overall oral health is essential to ensure the success of the procedure. The dentist will evaluate each patient individually to determine if dental implantology is a suitable treatment option for them.