As dental implants become more and more popular among our Nashville, TN tooth restoration patients, we find ourselves answering the question of what allows them to work more often. Many people are perplexed regarding the fact that dental implants are able to provide replacement teeth that work and feel just as good as natural teeth. This level of result is only possible thanks to a natural biological process called osseointegration, which occurs during the healing period of the dental implant process. Today, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are blogging to give a complete overview of osseointegration and how it works to ensure the most natural working replacement teeth.
The Science of Osseointegration
Something about the jawbone that not a lot of people are actually aware of is the fact that the jawbone is able to naturally regenerate itself. In fact, it is by using this regenerative process that dental implants are able to better anchor themselves in place. It is this process that we refer to as osseointegration. During the implant procedure, an implant fixture is placed in your jawbone. This placement strains your jawbone, which causes it to begin regenerating tissue, beginning a three to six-month long recovery period during which osseointegration will proceed to fuse your implant fixture to your jawbone.
When your jawbone begins to heal after your implant’s placement, it generates new bone tissue, which will grow up along the implant fixture, fusing to it. This fusion is only possible because the implant fixture is made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material that your body doesn’t recognize as unnatural. This new tissue will also thread through small holes in the fixture’s base, which will allow your jawbone to pull your implant fixture permanently into place. It is because of this process that dental implants are able to provide strength, stability, and endurance.
Because of how important osseointegration is to the dental implant process, there are some precautions we recommend our patients take during the healing period. These are:
- Try not to chew directly on top of your implant fixture while it heals. The reason for this is that undue pressure can put the healing process at risk.
- Be sure not to use a straw to drink any liquids, as suction can dislodge the blood clot protecting the implant site.
- If you are a smoker, it is advised that you give up that habit because it can cause an infection that will result in implant failure.
Call and Schedule a Consultation in Nashville
Thanks to osseointegration, we are able to use dental implants to provide only the best replacement teeth for our Nashville, TN area patients. Have you recently lost a tooth, but are unenthused about the quality of treatment awaiting you with dentures and dental bridges? Then we urge you to consider dental implants for your tooth restoration treatment. If you would like to learn more about this treatment and the benefits that come with it, then contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming today.