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Smiling woman taking a vitamin and holding a glass of water at David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.A dental implant is more than a replacement tooth, it is rebuilding the structure from the base. To do this, we have to do more than simply place a replacement tooth, we take the bone into consideration. During your dental implant consultation, you may have heard the term osseointegration. Understanding this effect may help you decide if a dental implant is right for you. At David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can provide you with replacement teeth that will not only look real, but function naturally. This first step in achieving this goal is your own natural healing ability through osseointegration.

The term osseointegration can be broken into two parts for better understanding. Osseo- is a medical term used to describe bone, and the action of integrating is to take two things and make them into one. We may set the stage for this bone integration, but it’s actually your body that does the work. Your bone is continually growing and renewing, and we can use that ability to restore missing teeth.

Observing Bone Integration

Before doctors started repairing bone, anthropologists observed ancient remains with attempts at bone surgery. Specifically with teeth replacement, they observed ancient humans attempting to replace missing teeth by inserting objects into the jawbone. Objects such as stone, shell, metal and even bamboo were found in jaws across multiple cultures. The attempt didn’t surprise scientists, what did surprise them was realizing that the bone actually began to grow around these objects. We learned something extraordinary, our bones will grow and heal. As it does, the bone incorporates the object, making them one. The next goal was finding the right object, something that was biocompatible, strong, and long lasting.

Today, we have decades of research and data to show how successful dental implants can be. The design includes a threaded post made of titanium metal or a non-metal ceramic. As the bone heals around the threaded device, the two integrate firmly and become one through your own natural healing process of osseointegration.

Once healed, we can use a single post, or multiple posts, to restore missing teeth. We can use a dental crown, a dental bridge, or even restore all of your missing teeth on a full arch with a denture. Osseointegration makes this option possible.

Being Able to Heal Properly

Dental implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is often approved for most patients. The most common reason for not being approved is if the patient has a reason to not heal properly and in a timely fashion. That’s because osseointegration relies so much on your own natural healing ability. Patients who suffer from certain medical conditions including diabetes, or are taking certain medications, or who smoke, may need to make changes before surgery can take place. These changes can be discussed during your consultation, and we are happy to discuss it with your personal physician when needed.

Once placed, osseointegration takes time. Following your surgical implant placement, you may find that your soft tissue will be healed quickly, in a matter of days, but bone tissue can take months to heal. We will advise you on your next steps, but your implant will need to remain still, undisturbed, while healing takes place.


What is osseointegration?

Osseointegration is the process by which a titanium dental implant fuses with the jawbone. This integration creates a stable and secure foundation for dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Osseointegration is crucial for the long-term success of dental implants, providing the strength and stability needed for effective chewing and natural appearance.

How long does the osseointegration process take?

The osseointegration process typically takes several months to complete. After the dental implant is placed in the jawbone, it usually takes about 3 to 6 months for the bone to grow and integrate with the implant. This time frame can vary based on individual healing rates, bone quality, and other factors. Your oral surgeon will monitor your progress to ensure successful integration before placing the final restoration.

What factors affect osseointegration?

Several factors can affect osseointegration, including the quality and quantity of the bone at the implant site, the patient’s overall health, smoking habits, and oral hygiene. Conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis can also impact the success of osseointegration. Proper pre-surgical planning and post-surgical care are essential to maximize the chances of successful osseointegration.

How can I prepare for osseointegration?

Preparing for osseointegration involves maintaining good oral hygiene, following a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking. Your oral surgeon may recommend a comprehensive dental examination, including X-rays or CT scans, to assess bone quality and plan the implant procedure. Following all pre-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon is crucial for a successful outcome.

What are the benefits of osseointegration?

Benefits of osseointegration include a stable and secure foundation for dental implants, improved functionality and comfort, enhanced aesthetic appearance, and the preservation of jawbone structure. Osseointegrated implants function like natural teeth, allowing for normal eating and speaking, and preventing the bone loss that can occur with missing teeth.

What are the risks associated with osseointegration?

Risks associated with osseointegration include implant failure, infection, nerve damage, and complications related to bone quality. Although rare, some patients may experience adverse reactions to the titanium implant. Regular follow-up appointments and adhering to post-operative care instructions are essential to minimize risks and ensure successful osseointegration.

Will my insurance cover osseointegration?

Insurance coverage for osseointegration varies depending on your insurance plan and the specific circumstances of the procedure. Some dental insurance plans may cover part of the cost of dental implants if they are deemed medically necessary. It is advisable to contact your insurance provider to understand your coverage options and any potential out-of-pocket expenses. Your dental office may assist with insurance claims and provide an estimate of costs.

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Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at our dental clinic. To learn more, give us David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgerya call at 315-457-9999.

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