Dental implants are proving themselves to be a truly remarkable treatment for patients who are missing teeth. Not only do implants have a reputation for providing replacement teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth, but they also function in the same way. That said, not many people are actually aware of what allows dental implants to provide such great results. All of the benefits coming with dental implants are possible thanks to a process called osseointegration, which occurs during the healing period of the dental implant process. Today, Dr. Matthew Huff is blogging to speak to Hill Country, TX area patients about osseointegration and how it works to provide you with the best possible replacement teeth.
One thing about the jawbone that not a lot of people are actually aware of is the fact that it is able to naturally regenerate itself. In fact, it is this regenerative process that allows dental implants to succeed. By taking advantage of this regeneration, the implant fixture will be able to anchor itself in place in your jawbone. This fusion process is referred to as osseointegration, and it is the most important part of the dental implant process. During your implant placement surgery, an implant fixture is placed against your jawbone, which strains your jawbone to the point where this regenerative process begins. At this point, your implant will require three to six months of recovery time while osseointegration works.
While your implant fixture heals, your jawbone will create new bone tissue that will proceed to wrap around your implant fixture. The implant fixture is also covered in small holes, which this new tissue will thread itself through as it heals, pulling the implant permanently into place. This whole process is only possible because the implant fixture is made from titanium, which is a biocompatible alloy that your body will not recognize as a foreign material.
Because of how important the success of osseointegration is to the dental implant process, there are some steps we encourage you to take in order to ensure that everything goes according to plan. These are:
It is all thanks to the process of osseointegration that dental implants are able to provide replacement teeth that are just as comfortable, stable, and reliable as your natural teeth are. In fact, your own body will not be able to tell your implants apart from your real teeth. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and whether or not you qualify for treatment with them, contact our Kerrville or Fredericksburg office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Huff today.
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