Dental Implants and Osseointegration
Dental implants are a popular treatment used to replace missing teeth. This particular treatment uses small titanium posts to provide support for the ceramic crowns that function as your replacement teeth. At Water's Edge Dental, we provide dental implants to meet a variety of needs. Whether you are missing a single tooth or an entire arch, there is most likely an implant solution for you. For the implants to be successful, they rely on a process called osseointegration.
What is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration is the natural process that occurs following the surgical placement of the titanium implants into your jawbone. It occurs during the recovery phase. As you heal, your jawbone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. This process turns the posts into strong, secure artificial roots that are then used to hold your replacement teeth firmly in place.
How Your Jawbone Affects Dental Implant Success
One of the lesser known roles of your teeth is that they provide stimulation for your jawbone. This stimulation tells your body to send essential nutrients to your jawbone to keep it strong and healthy. When you suffer tooth loss, your jawbone loses the stimulation from your missing teeth. As a result, fewer nutrients are sent to your jaw. Over time, this causes the bone to weaken and change shape. The changes in your jaw affect your bite, your oral health, and the shape of your face.
For dental implants to be successful, and for osseointegration to occur, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. A consultation before implant placement helps to determine the condition of your jawbone, and if implants are right for you. If you do not have enough bone mass, this does not necessarily mean that you cannot get implants. It may mean that you need to have a bone graft, which will help to increase the success of the implant treatment.
A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass from another area of your body, or a donor, to the weakened areas of your jaw. As you heal from this procedure, your existing bone fuses to the graft material, restoring strength to your jaw. Once you have healed from your bone graft, dental implants can then be placed.
The Benefits of Successful Osseointegration
There are many benefits to successful osseointegration. One of the biggest benefits is that osseointegration helps to secure the implant posts within your jaw. They essentially become a part of your jaw. They are the artificial roots that hold your teeth securely in place. With successful osseointegration, your new teeth will not move around or fall out. This helps to perfectly restore the functions of your missing teeth.
In addition to stability, successful osseointegration helps to restore the stimulation to your jawbone. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that provides this benefit. With the stimulation restored, your body begins sending essential nutrients again. This helps to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. This also makes dental implants a long-term solution to tooth loss. In many cases, it can also be permanent.
Successful osseointegration turns the posts into strong, stable artificial roots that help to hold your replacement teeth securely in place. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, contact Water's Edge Dental at (208) 375-0572 today.