Osseointegration and Implants
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we believe dental implants are the ideal solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth.
An implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically place below the gumline and into the jawbone. Implants are so successful because they mimic the root component of a tooth. Many benefits of dental implants are a direct result of osseointegration.
What Is Osseointegration?
Immediately after an implant is in place, the process of osseointegration begins. During the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will fuse together to form a powerful bond. Implant screws are typically made of titanium because of the metal’s unique ability to fuse with living bone.
Osseointegration is the most crucial step of the implant process. It allows the titanium and bone to become one solid structure without any tissue in between. This is largely responsible for the strength and stability of dental implants.
Osseointegration must be complete before you receive your final restoration. While you heal, you will be given a temporary prosthesis that shields your implant from the pressures of chewing. We also recommend a soft diet for the first few weeks after surgery.
Most patients have to wait three to six months for osseointegration to take place fully. If there was a bone graft, the process might take much longer to complete.
The Need for Bone Grafting
For osseointegration to be successful, you must have an appropriate amount of existing bone. If your jawbone is too thin or too soft, you may need a bone graft before implantation is possible. During the bone graft procedure, we surgically place a small amount of graft material into your jaw. The graft material helps foster new and healthy bone growth. By the end of the process, the new bone will completely absorb the graft material.
A bone graft may be necessary for several reasons. When you lose a tooth, your bone loses the physical stimulation it needs to avoid deterioration. If tooth loss remains untreated for a significant amount of time, you may not have enough bone for osseointegration. Also, the bone in the posterior (back) region of your upper jaw tends to be naturally thin. In many cases, a bone graft is required to restore teeth in this region.
The Benefits of Osseointegration
Osseointegration is responsible for many benefits associated with dental implants. Because of osseointegration, dental implants offer:
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