Implantology is a proven ( more than 50 years of perspective ) and an innovative technology in the same time, because technical improvements are regularly done to reduce the healing time and the number of procedures.
It involves the fitting of dental implants into the jaw.
A dental implant is a kind of artificial root. It is made up of a titanium screw placed into the jaw bone. It replaces the root or roots of a missing tooth and acts as a base for what will replace the tooth: a crown, bridge or removable prosthesis.
Dental implant: artificial root
A dental implant can be fitted straight after a tooth has been extracted (see the surgery page) or when the bone and gum have healed, three months after extraction.
The surgery itself is often simple and almost painless and is performed under local anaesthetic.
However, its success rests on precise radiological and clinical examinations and a rigorous approach.
Once the jaw bone has solidified around the implant (two to six months), the visible section that will replace the extracted tooth or teeth, for example a ceramic crown of the same colour as your other teeth, can be fixed onto the implant. Your new tooth is therefore composed of two sections: the crown (the visible part above the gum line) and the implant below the gum line in the bone which replaces your original root.
The implant can also be used under a partial or complete removable prosthesis in order to ensure the prosthesis fits well.
A crown fitted on an implant (canine)
As an alternative to fitting an implant, the extracted tooth or teeth can also be replaced by a fixed prosthesis or a partial or complete removable prosthesis (commonly called dentures). But implants have many davantages on these techniques : wether it is for the comfort ( it’s a fixed reconstruction, so it’s stable and will give you the feeling to chew on natural teeth ), for the esthetic ( no disgraceful metallic hook ) or the ecology and the tissue economy ( implants allows to avoid to deteriorate the adjacent teeth ), this valuation technique is most frequently recommended when it is feasible.
To find out more, please see our reconstruction page.