Osseointegration and Dental Implants
For those with missing teeth who choose to replace them with dental implants, the process of osseointegration is extremely important. Very few understand how this process works and how essential it is in creating a natural, healthy, strong smile. If you want to be happy with your smile again and you have chosen implants as your preferred treatment, we want you to understand exactly what will happen when the implant meets your bone.
What Is Osseointegration?
This word is used to describe the integration and healing process that happens when biologically compatible material is surgically placed into a human bone. To be secure and provide a stable foundation for your teeth replacement, implants must be firmly held in place by the jawbone. This process starts when the implant is placed and is completed before the abutment is inserted.
The tooth’s root is in the jawbone and not only does it hold the tooth in place for tasks like chewing, it also stimulates the jawbone to regrow. When the root is gone, the teeth will shift and the jawbone can disintegrate, leading to serious bone loss in the jaw. Implants are designed to prevent that.
The first step in the implant process is the placing of a titanium rod in the jawbone. The gums are cut back, and the bone exposed as the oral surgeon places the rod in the bone. Over the next few months, the bone will integrate the rod and they will heal together. This allows the implant to function exactly as the tooth’s root normally would and stimulates the bone to grow. It also provides an extremely stable place for the abutment and crown to be attached.
Implants are a good treatment option not only because they look like your natural smile, but also because they preserve and protect your jawbone. To learn more about how osseointegration is a key part of the implant puzzle, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wewel at Midwest Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today.