What Is Osseointegration?

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Mon, 08/28/2017

Clovis implant dentistryWhen considering how to replace a missing tooth, you might think about turning to implant dentistry. Dental implants offer a number of advantages over other tooth replacement options – they're inconspicuous, and they arrest the loss of jawbone density that's associated with a missing tooth.

But one of the biggest calling cards for a dental implant is the implant's durability. If properly maintained, a dental implant can last for decades.

This is partially a reflection of the strong, sturdy materials used in the construction of dental implants. But it's also a result of a process known as osseointegration.

After we place an implant in your jawbone, we will have to wait for a few months before moving forward with the next step. This is because your jaw is slowly integrating the implant into its structure. This is osseointegration – it is, essentially, the process of taking this piece of foreign material and making it part of your body.

Once osseointegration is complete, your implant will be firmly rooted inside your jawbone. It will, for all intents and purposes, be part of your jawbone. This provides your replacement tooth (usually a porcelain dental crown) with an incredibly strong and sturdy foundation.

If you live in or around Clovis, California and you have questions about how implant dentistry works or how it can work for you, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today at 559-224-0103.