Osseointegration and Dental Implants
Missing teeth can create a whole host of problems for your oral health. If missing teeth are left untreated, the remaining teeth will compensate for the open space and shift out of their proper positions. This can cause malocclusions or misalignments in your bite. Malocclusions can lead to problems with speaking, eating, and TMJ disorders. Missing teeth can also lead to bone deterioration in the jaw. Luckily, we here at Beyond Dental and Implant Center specialize in dental implant treatment. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss, largely thanks to the process of osseointegration.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw or post that we surgically embedded into the jawbone. Once the screw is in place, it acts as the root component of a prosthesis. After a brief healing period the implant screw is attached to an abutment or support structure. The abutment provides additional support while linking the implant screw to the restoration. A single implant is attached to a single crown. However, we can also use a series of implants to replace multiple missing teeth. Multiple implants can be used to support a fixed bridge or even full-arch restorations, like dentures and overdentures.
What Is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration begins as soon as the implant is in place. During osseointegration, the implant screw and your jawbone slowly fuse until the screw becomes a part of your anatomy. This allows the implant to mimic the natural relationship between the tooth root and your jawbone. The length of the osseointegration process depends on the number of implants you receive. In general, the process usually takes up to six months to complete. Those receiving multiple implants may experience a slightly longer healing period.
Osseointegration is vital to the success of your implant because it helps provide a solid foundation for your new prosthesis. This can only be achieved when there is an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. If the bone is too soft or too thin, Dr. Cory Nguyen may recommend a bone graft procedure. A bone graft will foster new bone growth, and ensure you are a suitable candidate for implants.
Benefits Related to Osseointegration
Dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacements, because of their many benefits. Most of these benefits are the direct result of osseointegration. After the implant becomes a part of you, you can treat your restoration as you would your natural teeth. For instance, osseointegration allows you to enjoy an unrestricted diet with confidence and comfort. You can also clean and maintain your restoration, as you normally would, with daily brushing and flossing.
Dental implants have a success rate upwards of 95% thanks to the powerful bond created by osseointegration. Under the proper care and maintenance, your implant will last for several decades. Some people even experience a lifetime of support.
One of the biggest benefits of osseointegration is bone preservation. When you lose your teeth, you lose the physical stimulation that keeps your jawbone healthy and strong. Over time, your bone will deteriorate. This can significantly affect the structure of your face, and even prevent you from receiving implant treatment in the future (without the use of a bone graft). A dental implant supplements this physical stimulation and prevents atrophy. This allows you to maintain a more youthful facial appearance, as well a strong, healthy jawbone.
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