What does oral implantology consist of and how does it work?


What does oral implantology consist of and how does it work? Odontolgy 21/05/2024

What does oral implantology consist of and how does it work?

Oral implantology is a branch of dentistry that is responsible for the design, placement and maintenance of dental implants. Dental implants are titanium pieces that are inserted into the maxillary or mandibular bone to replace the roots of lost teeth.

Dental implants are a fixed, long-lasting and aesthetic solution for tooth loss. They can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in your mouth.

How does oral implantology work?

The process of placing a dental implant is carried out in several stages:

Consultation and planning:

  • The dentist performs an oral and radiographic examination to evaluate the condition of the patient's bone and teeth.
  • The exact location of the implant is determined and a personalized treatment plan is designed.

Implant placement:

  • A small surgery is performed to insert the implant into the bone.
  • The surgery is performed under local anesthesia, so the patient does not feel pain.
  • The implant integrates with the bone over a period of 3 to 6 months.

Placement of the crown or prosthesis:

  • Once the implant has integrated with the bone, the crown or dental prosthesis is placed.
  • The crown or prosthesis is custom made so that it fits perfectly to the patient's mouth.
  • The crown or prosthesis can be made of porcelain, metal or zirconium.

What are the advantages of oral implantology?

Dental implants offer a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • They are more comfortable and stable: Dental implants are fixed to the bone, so they do not move or slide like traditional dentures.
  • They are more durable: Dental implants can last many years, even a lifetime, with proper care.
  • They are more aesthetic: Dental implants have a natural appearance and are similar to natural teeth.
  • They improve chewing and speaking: Dental implants allow you to chew and speak normally, as if you had natural teeth.
  • Increase self-esteem: Dental implants can improve a patient's self-esteem by restoring their natural smile.

What are the risks of oral implantology?

Like any medical procedure, oral implantology carries some risks, such as:

  • Infection: Infection is a rare risk, but can occur if proper hygiene measures are not taken during the procedure or recovery.
  • Nerve injury: The risk of nerve injury is minimal, but can occur if the implant is placed too close to a nerve.
  • Implant failure: Implant failure is rare, but can occur if the patient does not have enough bone or if the proper treatment plan is not followed.

Who is a good candidate for oral implantology?

Oral implantology is a good option for adult patients who have lost one or more teeth and who meet the following requirements:

  • Have a good state of general health.
  • Have enough bone in the area where the implant will be placed.
  • Not be a smoker.
  • Have good oral hygiene.

If you are considering oral implantology, it is important that you consult with a qualified dentist to evaluate you and inform you about the treatment options available.

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