What is Osseointegration?

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Mon, 12/09/2013

A tooth’s root serves a multitude of functions. It is responsible for sensation to the tooth. It holds the tooth in place. It even sends signals to your body that bone is necessary in specific areas of your jaw.

When you lose a tooth, its root goes as well, ending signals to the jaw and causing your body to reabsorb the bone surrounding the area. The loss of bone in the jaw following tooth loss is an issue only addressed by dental implants, and it is the process of osseointegration that enables implants to prevent changes to your jaw and provide a lifetime of support for your dental restorations.

Integrating into Bone

Osseointegration is the process in which your Fresno dental implants are integrated into your jawbone. The dental implants placed by our Fresno dentist are made of a biocompatible material and contain dozens of microscopic holes along their surface. The porous surface of dental implants provide osteoblasts and connective tissue a place to hold firm, securing the implants into your jawbone and replacing missing tooth roots. It is the process of osseointegration that provides many of the advantages dental implants enjoy over other forms of tooth replacement.

If you are missing one or more teeth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule your Fresno dental implant consultation.