Dental Implants and Osseointegration
In recent years, dental implants have become a popular option for tooth replacement. Because of their many advantages, implants are often considered the ideal choice. At Newport Dental Group, Dr. Saghatchi and the rest of our team are excited to provide this excellent service to our Costa Mesa patients. If you are missing teeth, continue reading to find out why dental implants may be a great choice for you.
Dental Implants Explained
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically place into your jaw. The screw is attached to a support structure, called an abutment, which anchors the implant to your restoration.
Fusing the Implant to Bone
The implant and your bone fuse together during the process of osseointegration. This means your implant-supported restorations will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Osseointegration begins as soon as the titanium screw is put in contact with the jawbone. Within a few minutes, ions and proteins will begin to adhere to the surface of the screw. During the next three to nine months, your bone will grow over the surface of the implant. The fused bone structure is very strong and allows the implanted tooth to be fully functional.
When osseointegration is complete, we can continue with the implant process. During a second minor surgery, your implant will be exposed, and we will attach the abutment. We will take an impression of the abutment and use it to fabricate your final restoration. Once the restoration is complete, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful benefits of dental implants.
The Benefits of Implants & Osseointegration
Dental Implants and the osseointegration process have a number of benefits over other restoration options.
Improved comfort: Because they become a part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort associated with traditional restorations. Other restorations rest on the gums and can irritate.
Improved speech: Implants are a permanent solution that will never slip or cause you to slur your words.
Improved chewing: Implants can withstand even the strongest bite force. You will be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort.
Improved oral health: Implants do not lead to future complications with your oral health. Other restorations, such as bridges, require a complete reshaping of your adjacent teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay and structural damage.
Unmatched durability: Implants are extremely durable and last for decades. With proper care, many implants last a lifetime.
Unmatched convenience: Implants eliminate the inconvenience of removable prostheses. Your implant can be cleaned and maintained just like your natural teeth.
Unmatched reliability: In general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. Patients with a sufficient amount of bone and good oral hygiene should have no issues receiving an implant.
Bone preservation: Tooth loss eventually leads to bone deterioration in the jaw. Without stimulation, your bone will resorb into the bloodstream. Dental implants provide stimulation and prevent future bone deterioration.
Bone Density for Dental Implants
For osseointegration to take place, you must have an adequate bone density and quantity. Patients who have experienced bone deterioration may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift. Modern bone augmentation procedures are painless and minimally-invasive. Osseointegration may take longer for patients who have undergone bone augmentation.
Schedule a Consultation
if you are interested in dental implants, contact us today at (949) 220-2920 to schedule your implant consultation appointment.