Osseointegration in Vero Beach, FL
Osseointegration is a medical term derived from the ancient Greek word ‘osteon’ (bone) and the Latin word ‘integrare’ (to make whole). The term is used for situations that require a structural and functional connection between living bone and an artificial implant. Osseointegration is commonly used in joint replacement surgeries and dental implants.
One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is that they’re a permanent, robust solution to missing teeth. They allow you to eat, drink, talk, and go about your everyday life as if you had all your natural teeth. Osseointegration is a crucial element to the success of implants.
Implants are made up of three sections – the implant itself, the visible tooth, and the abutment that joins them together. The actual implant is almost always created from titanium. This is because titanium has the unique ability to allow for osseointegration by accepting living bone growing onto it. As a result, it creates that ultra-secure foundation that makes dental implants so strong and long-lasting.
As you can probably imagine, inserting titanium implant screws into your jaw requires significant planning. Before approving you for an implant treatment, your doctor will need to schedule a consultation to determine if you’re suitable for this dental solution. As well as taking your complete medical history, he will take images of your jaw using x-ray or CT equipment to determine the condition of your jawbone and the location of anatomical structures, such as major nerves, blood vessels, and sinus cavities. This will help him assess whether dental implants are right for you and how many you need to provide a satisfactory result to your dental problems. Your doctor can then formulate a plan for the number and position of the implants and what type of crowns or bridges will be attached to them.
When Osseointegration Fails
Although dental implant surgery is highly successful, there are circumstances in which osseointegration doesn’t happen, causing implants to fail. However, there is almost always an identifiable reason for this. Some of the things that can prevent osseointegration from happening and put you at greater risk of implant failure include:
- Bone quality (including volume and density)
- A compromised immune system
- Having specific health conditions, including diabetes
Many people worry that dental implant surgery is painful, but you will be under an anesthetic before beginning the procedure. Once your doctor has put the implants in place, these will be left for several weeks to allow osseointegration to happen. You will then make a return visit, where your doctor will fit the abutment and replacement tooth. You will leave with your new smile ready to dazzle!
No matter what treatment you may be receiving at Vero Dental Spa, please know that we only recommend them if necessary or beneficial to your health and wellbeing. Dr. Royal and his highly trained team will ensure you’re comfortable and well-informed with any treatment we recommend.