Implantology refers to a dental specialism that is dedicated to the placement of dental implants. Dental implants provide patients with a highly successful, discreet and effective way at replacing their missing teeth. Their innovative design means that they are stronger and more durable than other tooth replacement solutions while ensuring that no pressure or damage is placed on surrounding teeth. This is because each dental implant contains an artificial root in the form of a titanium post that is placed into the jaw bone via the gum tissue. It is to this that the porcelain crowns that make up the visible part of your replacement tooth are attached.
The placement of these titanium posts is absolutely crucial to the success of dental implants. This is because the design of this solution relies on a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration refers to the growth of new bone around each dental implant, securing it permanently in the gum. Since bone is alive and can regenerate, when it is disrupted to place the implant into the jaw, the bone is stimulated to grow back around the device. If there is not enough healthy bone in the jaw, osseointegration fails and the dental implant will not be secure. It is for this reason that the health and viability of the bone in the jaw is assessed before a patient is agreed to be a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Many people mistakenly believe that a lack of healthy bone in their jaw means that dental implants are not possible. Fortunately, a bone grafting procedure can strengthen the jaw bone and enable virtually any patient to benefit from the revolutionary solution that is dental implants.