What is Implantology?

Implantology is the branch of dentistry that deals with the permanent implantation of artificial teeth in the jaw. Dental implants are provided using the following general process when determined that a natural tooth must be removed.

When a client visits an endodontist‘s office with an infected or damaged tooth, the practitioner can save the natural tooth most of the time. However, sometimes this isn’t possible, and then it is necessary to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant.

  • After a careful diagnostic examination has been conducted, the natural tooth is extracted.
  • The jawbone is then prepared for dental implant surgery. Some clients do not have sufficient bone density in their jaw to ensure successful implantation, so it must be augmented with bone grafts before the implant process.
  • During the dental implant surgery itself, the oral surgeon cuts to open the gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. Since the center will serve as the tooth root, it’s implanted deep into the bone.
  • After the post is placed, a waiting period is necessary to allow osseointegration or for the position to integrate itself into the jawbone to provide a firm foundation for the dental implant. Often, a temporary tooth is provided during the waiting period (which can last up to six months), or the surgeon can suture the gum over the area containing the post to let it heal.
  • Once osseointegration has taken place, the oral surgeon will place the abutment and the crown. The crown is a fixed prosthesis, meaning it is permanently attached to the jaw and does not need to be removed the way dentures or removable bridges do.

The Phoenix Endodontic Group considers the study of implantology to be a natural progression of their work as endodontists. Dr. Jaqueline S. Allen takes advantage of CE and study workshops offered on Endodontics and Implants – and always provides treatment in the patient’s best interest.

Why Do You Need a Specialist?

Dental implant surgery replaces your tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces your missing teeth with artificial teeth. These new teeth look and function much like real ones. Since they’re surgically placed in your jawbone, the titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone. This means your implants won’t slip, make noise, or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework might.

The way the surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implant surgery can be pretty complicated, so a dental implantologist is the best person to perform this procedure.

How Do You Find the Right Dental Implantologist?

The planning process for dental implants can include many specialists, including a periodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a prosthodontist, and occasionally an ENT specialist.

Dental implants are intimately connected with your gum tissues and underlying bone, so periodontists are an excellent choice to help you install your implant. It’s worth noting that both periodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons have specialized training in the field of implant surgery.

Another way to find an accredited implantologist is through this directory provided by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).

So how does one become an implantologist? AAID implantologists have attained different levels of certification. AAID associate fellows have 300 hours of continuing education in implant dentistry under their belt, as well as 1+ years performing implant surgeries. AAID fellows have been performing implant dentistry for 5+ years and have 400 hours of continuing education in the same field. Both AAID associate fellows and fellows have also completed oral and written exams.

An even higher certification is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. These dental professionals need to have practiced implant dentistry for at least seven years and completed implant procedures on 75 people.

That said, can a general dentist perform an implant surgery? The best way to be sure is by asking your general dentist if they’ve attained any level of certification from AAID.

So Are Implants Right for Me?

If you need to replace damaged or missing teeth, dental implants could be right for you. But first, an implantologist will need to assess if you have healthy oral tissues, adequate bone to keep the implants in place, and a jawbone that’s reached total growth. These factors help determine if your mouth can handle implants.

You will also need to commit several months to the process and consistently maintain good oral hygiene. This is so that your mouth heals properly and you don’t experience implant failure.

A promising implantologist will guide you through the process and help ensure that your implant surgery is successful. If you’re thinking about getting implants, the first step is to consult with a dentist. Your dentist can help you find the right implantologist and guide you towards getting the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

**What is Implantology?**

**Q: What is Implantology?**

**A: Implantology** is a​ specialized branch of‌ dentistry that focuses on the​ placement, maintenance,⁤ and restoration of dental ⁤implants.‍ Dental implants are artificial roots made of biocompatible materials, primarily⁣ titanium, that are surgically inserted ⁣into the jawbone to replace missing ⁢or damaged teeth.

**Q: What ‌are the Benefits of Dental Implants?**

**A:⁣ Dental⁢ implants offer numerous benefits**,⁢ including:

* Permanent and stable tooth ‌replacement

* Improved chewing function and speech

* Enhanced facial aesthetics

* Prevention of bone ⁢loss in‌ the⁢ jaw

* Compatibility with existing dental structures

**Q: Who ‌Qualifies ⁣for Dental Implants?**

**A: To ‍qualify for‌ dental implants**, individuals must meet certain criteria, such as:

* Sufficient‌ bone density and quality in ⁤the jaw

* Adequate oral health and hygiene habits

* No significant medical conditions that interfere with ‌implant placement

* Committed to maintaining good oral hygiene

**Q: What is the ⁣Process of ⁤Dental Implantation?**

**A: The dental implant process typically involves ⁢several stages**:

* ⁢**Consultation and Evaluation:** Assessment of the patient’s oral health, medical history, and implant suitability.

*​ **Treatment Planning:** Determining the⁣ number, size, and‌ location‌ of implants needed.

*‍ **Implant‍ Placement:** Surgical insertion of ⁢implants into the jawbone.

* **Osseointegration:** A process ‌where ⁤the implants fuse with the⁣ bone over ⁤3-6 months.

* **Restoration:** Attachment of dental prosthetics (crowns, ​bridges, or ‌dentures) to‌ the‌ implants.

**Q: How Long Do Dental⁤ Implants Last?**

**A: With proper care and​ maintenance, dental implants can ‌last a lifetime**. However, ‌various factors can affect their longevity, including oral hygiene, general health, and smoking habits.

**Q: What‌ is the Cost of ⁤Dental ⁢Implants?**

**A: The cost of dental implants varies**, depending on ⁣factors such as the number of implants‍ needed, the complexity​ of the procedure, and the⁢ location. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost.


Implantology⁤ is⁣ an advanced field of dentistry that provides a permanent and stable solution for ‍missing or⁣ damaged teeth. ⁢Dental implants offer​ numerous benefits and⁤ can significantly improve​ oral function, aesthetics, ​and overall quality of life. ⁢However, it’s essential to consult with a ‌qualified implantologist for proper assessment and⁢ treatment planning.

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