IMPORTANT: Aimed at the general public, the Bücco Guide is a general educational guide. Its content presents some of the most common dental practices. However, there are many approaches and philosophies in dentistry and your dentist / specialist will be able to advise you on what he believes to be the most appropriate for your oral health. Do not hesitate to consult a dentist / specialist for more information.
Implantology, a branch of dentistry focused on dental implants
A natural tooth has two main components: The Crown and the root. The crown is the visible part of the tooth and the root is located below the gumline, in the bone of the jaw.
Implantology is the branch of dentistry dedicated to dental implants. The dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone (either the maxilla or the mandible). It often takes the form of a screw that is composed of titanium or titanium alloy.
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Implants replace missing teeth
Dental implants can be considered for patients who are missing one or more teeth.
A dental implant alone does not replace a natural tooth. An abutment must be mounted on the implant once the latter has been inserted into the jawbone.
Depending on the number of teeth to replace, an artificial crown, a full or partial denture or a bridge will be prepared and installed on the abutment(s). If the patient only has one missing tooth, a single crown will be sufficient. If several teeth need to be replaced, many options are available: using a single implant with multiple crowns joined by a bridge or a prosthesis, or using multiple implants with distinct crowns. This choice is up to the patient, according to the treatment plan recommended by the implantology specialist.
An outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia
The insertion of dental implants is a surgical procedure that is usually performed at the clinic and under local anesthesia.
Several dental health professionals are qualified to install dental implants: dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists and other specialists in dentistry. These professionals must have extensive implantology training. Dentists and prosthodontists often specialize in the fabrication of crowns, bridges and dentures that are mounted on the implants.
Steps to install dental implants
All-on-4®, prostheses on dental implants
Care instructions for the fixed prosthesis
What is implantology?
Contraindications to Implantology
Types of Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants
Metal-free dental implants
Fixed complete prosthesis on implants
Placement of one or more titanium implants
Placement of one or more ceramic implants
Tartar around the edges of implants