When it comes to making dental implants a great choice, osseointegration is really what takes the cake. Here at Oasis Dental, Dr. Aldridge can walk you through not only the process that you will undergo when you come in for your treatment but also what changes your mouth will go through as it accepts the implant. We can also help you to know what to expect as you heal and beyond. Give us a call today to see how implants can help you!
What is a Dental Implant?
Replacing missing teeth is essential to maintaining your overall oral health. Leaving gaps can cause your other teeth to collapse into the gap, increase your risk for gum disease, and cause bone loss. A dental implant is a way to combat this problem easily and permanently. This is a small titanium post that we surgically install in your upper or lower jaw in place of a missing tooth. We can attach one or more false teeth to this post, and it acts as those teeth’s roots, naturally stimulating your jaw as you chew, in the same way a natural tooth would. They are strong and will not move or shift over time.
What is Osseointegration?
The one thing that allows your implant to be strong, secure, and immobile is a fancy little word, osseointegration. This term refers to the ability of the implant to fuse completely with your jaw. As your implant heals over the course of four to six months, the jaw grows against it and totally surrounds it. By the time it is finished, it is holding as tightly to the titanium as it would to natural bone. The implant, though, is stronger than natural roots are. With proper care, these newly integrated implants can last you a lifetime.
Advantages of Dental Implants
The osseointegration process allows for several advantages over the life-span of your implant. First and foremost, it is, in fact, permanent, meaning that you do not have to go in and get it replaced regularly, as you might with some other restorative procedures that may wear down over time. This option also protects you against bone loss, as the natural stimulation that comes along with chewing replenishes the bone over time. You will not have to worry about your implant moving, slipping, or falling out the way a removable prosthesis like a denture might. You also do not have to worry about removing it to clean it like you would with removable options, you can take care of it as though it were your natural tooth.
To find out if you are a viable candidate for dental implants, give Dr. Aldridge a call here at Oasis Dental today. We can help you get back on track to your oral health goals and can take care of your missing tooth in no time flat. Set up a consultation or diagnostic appointment today to get all of your questions answered and a preliminary candidacy screening.
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