What is Osseointegration? Discovered in the 1950’s, osseointegration refers to the process that occurs between the living bone and the foundation of your dental implant. After a period of several months, new bone cells begin to grow on and around the implant post. This aids in holding the implant post securely in place as it becomes an integral part of the jawbone, making certain it will be strong enough to support the new tooth.
Oftentimes, dental implants are treated with hydroxyapatite to help encourage osseointegration. Hydroxyapatite is a substance that aids in new bone growth as it coats the implant to create a larger surface area for placement. Once secure, your new dental implant will need between two to four months for osseointegration to be completed.
For a dental implant to be loaded it must be surrounded by strong healthy bone, as it has to be inserted in such a way that it will be able to withstand chewing and strong biting forces. Because osseointegration takes between three to six months for the implant to feel secure enough for the rigors of chewing and biting, patience is absolutely necessary for a successful procedure. Osseointegration relies on:
The aim of each of these requirements is to develop security of the dental implant, promote several modalities to prepare the implant for bone interface, and encouraging a faster and more effective osseointegration.
Besides being recognized for her up-to-date technology, Dr. Chao has years of training in dental implants and all aspects of dental care. Her professional tactics and thoughtful staff will see to it that your implants receive every ounce of attention, from start to finish. She’ll consult you on how osseointegration works and whether or not you are a candidate for the entire dental implant procedure. Once you leave her office, post treatment, plan to have follow up visits to soak in her expertise on how to further the longevity of your new dental implants. Contact her office today for an evaluation and be prepared for your smile to shine.
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM