Osseointegration is a critical part of the dental implants process, as it helps to ensure the success of treatment. After placing implants, your jawbone will begin to fuse with the implant post to create a permanent and stable foundation for restorations. This also promotes jawbone regrowth, helping to preserve the structure of your smile. Dr. Joseph D. Murray can place and restore dental implants at his Atlanta, GA, office as well as educate you about the treatment timeline during a private consultation. He can carefully explain each step of the process and answer any questions you may have, so you have peace of mind and clarity going into surgery and recovery.
What is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration describes the process by which the titanium base of the implant post fuses with surrounding jawbone tissue. This healing period begins once implants are placed, and generally lasts about three to six months. It is a vital step in the dental implant timeline, and a prerequisite to receiving your custom crown, bridge, or denture.
Jawbone Health and Preservation
This form of integration not only supports your restoration, but enables the dental implant to take on the role of tooth roots. A healthy jawbone requires a constant flow of nutrients and minerals. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer stimulated, and the nutrients are sent to other areas of the body. As a result, the bone tissue begins to degenerate, which can affect both your oral health and appearance.
Osseointegration describes the process by which the titanium base of the implant post fuses with surrounding jawbone tissue.
Dental implants replace your tooth roots, stimulating the nerves within the jawbone each time you bite down or chew. This can prevent further bone degeneration and resulting dental misalignment, facial changes, and other oral health issues.
Factors that Can Affect Osseointegration
- Prerequisite Procedures:
- If you do not have sufficient jawbone tissue before dental implant placement, you may require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift to ensure successful results. These procedures increase the strength and density of your jawbone, so dental implants can be firmly anchored.
- If adequate time is not allotted for osseointegration and the restoration is placed too soon, dental implants can heal improperly or fail altogether. In such cases, a follow-up surgery may be necessary, requiring additional healing time and unnecessary expense. As such, it is imperative to allow ample time for your jawbone to properly heal before receiving your restoration.
- Follow-Up Appointments:
- After surgery, it is imperative that you follow your post-surgical instructions and attend all follow-up appointments. During these visits, Dr. Murray can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your recovery as needed. It is also important to take medications as directed and follow a soft foods diet for the first week after surgery. This can help to prevent you from disrupting the surgical site or developing an infection.
- Throughout recovery, we also recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle, chewing and biting down gently, and not smoking. Smoking can slow the body’s healing response and lead to infection.
Other factors that can decelerate the healing process include:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding or jaw clenching)
- Uncontrolled or untreated diabetes
- Allergic reaction to the implant post
- Sinus infection (especially for implants placed in the upper jaw)
- Improper oral hygiene
Our team is available to assist you at any point and can guide you throughout your customized treatment plan. It is our goal to help you achieve as smooth a recovery as possible.
Contact Us Learn More
To learn more about osseointegration and the role it plays in the dental implant process, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murray. You can contact us online or by calling (404) 762-5770.