Osseointegration & Dental Implants
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we offer dental implants as a treatment for replacing your missing teeth. This unique treatment provides you with an alternative to dentures or bridges. Implants require a surgical procedure, during which titanium posts are inserted into your jawbone. The posts are then used to provide support for your replacement teeth. Dental implants offer several significant benefits over traditional treatments. However, to be successful, osseointegration needs to occur.
What Exactly is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration is the natural process in which your bone fuses to the titanium posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. The process was accidentally discovered by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon. Per-Ingvar Brånemark was researching bone healing and regeneration in the 1950s. During this research, he implanted a titanium cylinder into the femur of a rabbit. When he tried to remove it later, he found that the femur had begun to fuse to the cylinder. This discovery led to the development of modern dental implants. Brånemark placed the first successful dental implants in 1965. He continued his research and development, improving the stability and reliability of his implants. Even today, new research and development are still being done to optimize dental implant treatment.
Bone Mass and Your Dental Implants
Dental implants rely on your jawbone for success and stability. However, when you lose teeth, you begin to lose bone mass. This is because when you lose your teeth, you lose some of the stimulation that those teeth once provided. Stimulation is essential for maintaining the health of your bone. Without it, your body sends fewer nutrients, causing your jaw to weaken. The more bone loss you lose, the less likely it becomes for implants to be placed successfully. Implants may be loose, or they may even fail altogether.
Even if you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw, this does not mean it is impossible to have implants placed. In many cases, a bone graft is performed to restore missing bone mass. This is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone mass from another area of your body, or from a compatible donor, and transplanting into the weak areas of your jaws. It is important to know that your oral health plays an important role in osseointegration as well. Smoking can have a serious impact on your oral health. It is advised to quite smoking temporarily when getting dental implants. Once you have fully healed from surgery, then implants can be placed. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may also be a candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implant Treatment Concept, which can provide you with dental implants without the need for a bone graft first.
The Benefits of Successful Osseointegration
Successful osseointegration provides several significant benefits. When the process is complete, your implant posts turn into strong, stable roots that can hold your new teeth securely in place. The posts also work similarly to your natural tooth roots. Whenever you chew, the posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your real teeth. Restoring this lost stimulation helps to put an end to the bone loss you experience after losing your teeth and prevents new bone loss from occurring.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if you are a candidate, call today Carrollton: (972) 662-8660 or Flower Mound: (469) 444-1515 to schedule your consultation.