Following tooth loss, it is imperative that you have those teeth replaced right away. Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing teeth, and one of the most popular ones available. With this treatment, small titanium posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. The posts then provide support for your dental restorations, holding them securely in place. Essen Dentistry provides implants to meet many different needs. Implants are an incredibly popular treatment with a success rate of about 98%. For treatment to be successful, implant relies on a process called osseointegration.
Osseointegration is the process that occurs after your dental implants have been placed. As you heal from implant surgery, your bone gradually fuses to the titanium posts, stabilizing them within your jawbone and allowing them to provide your replacement teeth with support and stability.
The process of osseointegration was an accidental discovery. In the 1950s, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon was performing research on how bones heal and regenerate. This discovery prompted further research and the eventual development of modern dental implants. To this day, implants are continually being researched, and new developments are being made, allowing us to provide you with the strongest, most reliable replacements available.
The condition of your jawbone is an important factor in the success of your dental implants. For osseointegration to occur properly, you need to have enough bone mass in your jaw. Following tooth loss, however, your jawbone begins to lose mass. This occurs because your jaw loses stimulation. Without stimulation, your body sends fewer nutrients to your jaw. Over time, the bone begins to weaken and resorb. If you have lost too much bone mass, your jawbone will not be able to fuse to the titanium posts properly, or even at all. If this happens, you may be faced with loose, wobbly restorations and even implant failure.
So, does this mean that implants cannot be placed? Not at all. If you are missing too much bone mass before implant placement, you can receive a bone graft. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore missing bone mass and the strength of your jaw. With bone mass restored, implants can be placed successfully.
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, we may also be able to provide you with implants without the need for a bone graft. Using a treatment known as All-on-4, we can place four implant posts strategically within your jaw to maximize contact between the posts and your existing bone mass. This helps to increase the success of osseointegration and the stability of your dental implants.
Osseointegration provides many benefits. One of the greatest benefits of osseointegration is that the posts become strong, secure roots that can provide your teeth with support and stability. Neither your posts nor your dental restorations will move. In addition to support and stability, osseointegration also allows your implant posts to function just like the roots of your natural teeth. Every time you chew, the posts will stimulate your jawbone, restoring the delivery of essential nutrients to your jaw and surrounding areas. This helps to stop and prevent bone loss, keeping your jawbone strong and healthy.
Successful osseointegration turns implant posts into sturdy replacement roots that are then able to hold your replacement teeth securely in place. For more information about the process of osseointegration, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Essen Dentistry at (772) 210-7610 to schedule your appointment today.