A dentist with appropriate qualifications, experience and surgical skills can deal with implantology. However, it is not possible to get an implant specialization after the graduation from the Medical University. The title of an implant dentist is conferred only if a doctor will successfully pass the international test of implantological skills i.a. Fellowship. Various scientific societies are responsible for organizing the postgraduate training in the field of implantology. The largest organization uniting implant dentists in Poland is the Polish Association of Implantology.
What does an implantologist do?
Basically, an implant dentist fills missing teeth using dental implants. It is well known that it is currently one of the most physiological form of the reconstruction of a tooth after its’ loss. There is no need of damaging adjacent teeth by grinding. An inbuilt titanium implant by a dentist is an excellent stimulus to the surrounding bone tissue. Additionally, it causes the extra density around the implant and prevents atrophy. Thus, there is no change in the contours of the face after the tooth loss and migration, the formation of cracks and shifts around the adjacent teeth, and in the opposite arc.
All implant treatments in our clinic implant are always preceded by specialized studies of bone tissue. The most valuable are 3D CBCT scans, or three-dimensional cross-section of a section of bone, manufactured with the use of computed tomography.
The scope of activity is not limited only to dental implants. In many cases, after TK analysis, it appears that there is insufficient volume of bone tissue to enter the implant immediately. Then the dentist has to do a bone augmentation plans, i.e. its reconstruction. This increases the dimension of treatment in terms of both- vertical and horizontal. After the tooth loss the pneumatization of the jawbone appears. This means that maxillary sinus increases in air volume and is done at the expense of the alveolar bone, which is reduced after tooth extraction. An experienced dentist is able to deal with it by performing the procedure of sine lift. It involves raising the maxillary sinus and inserting the special biomaterial. The treatment can be performed simultaneously with the implantation of the implant or not, depending on the input conditions of the base of the bone and preferences of the patient and dentist.