When you have missing teeth, chances are that your dentist has recommended dental implants to replace them. If they have, have you heard them mentioned the term osseointegration to you? What does this word mean and why is it so essential in implant therapy?
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental Implants are similar to a natural tooth has a crown and a root. The root is attached to your jawbone which supports the top part of the tooth, called a crown. When a tooth is missing, a dental implant is placed into your jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. The artificial root is made out of titanium metal. This material is used because it fuses to bone better than any other type of metal.
The Role Osseointegration Plays
In order for your dental implant to be successful and stay in your jawbone for life, a very important process has to occur. After the implants are placed into your jawbone, that process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when your bone cells attach directly to the titanium surface of the implant.
Sometimes, implants can be used to support tooth replacements for many teeth, such as overdentures. This is why it is so critical to have osseointegration between your dental implants and the bone. Without this permanent attachment, the implant would fall out and not be successful.
Your Best Tooth Replacement Option
Implants are now the most preferred method used to replace missing teeth. Talk to your dentist if you are interested in trying dental implants for yourself. Together, you can create a durable smile that lasts for life – no matter how many teeth are missing.
Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
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