Osseointegration is the process by which dental implants fuse to the surrounding jawbone tissue and become a foundational part of your smile. This stage typically lasts three to six months and is integral to the success of treatment. Before recommending dental implants, we must first determine whether you have sufficient jawbone tissue to allow for osseointegration. Our oral surgeons can conduct a thorough assessment at our office near Monroe, LA, to verify no health conditions or other lifestyle factors will interrupt the healing process. Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement, as they not only provide a strong foundation for restorations but improve the health of your smile.
What is Osseointegration?
Understanding how osseointegration works is key to rehabilitating a damaged smile. During dental implant surgery, your surgeon will embed the implant post directly into your jawbone. Once implants are inserted, your natural bone tissue will attach to the implant post and grow firmly around it, securing your implant in place. Without successful osseointegration, dental implants would weaken or fail altogether. As a result, patients must wait to receive their final restoration until this process is complete.
During this process, your natural bone tissue will attach to the implant post and grow firmly around it, securing your implant in place.
Factors Affecting Successful Osseointegration
Before we commence dental implants treatment, our doctors at Oral Surgery Associates will thoroughly review your medical, dental, and family history, including any pre-existing conditions and current medications, to decide whether you qualify for treatment. We may also take x-rays or other advanced images of your smile to determine whether you have sustained bone atrophy after tooth loss.
If you do not have sufficient bone density to support implant posts, you may first require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift. For your convenience, we can perform both procedures in-office. By restoring lost bone, we can help to ensure a successful osseointegration process.
We advise patients to refrain from smoking before and after dental implants surgery as it has been linked to an increased chance of implant failure. Smoking hinders the body's natural rate of healing. As a result, we recommend that habitual smokers stop smoking at least six months prior to surgery in order to increase their chances of success.
Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases
Similarly, patients with uncontrolled diabetes or other autoimmune diseases also face the risk of impaired osseointegration and a higher rate of implant failure. However, these conditions doe not immediately disqualify you from treatment. Your doctor can review your records and assess your unique situation, upon which he can recommend the appropriate procedure.
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If you would like to learn more about dental implants, the treatment process, or your candidacy, contact us today online to discuss your options. You can also call our practice at (318) 388-2621. Our entire team at Oral Surgery Associates is dedicated to your health and wellness and is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about treatment.