The dental implant process can take up to 6 months to complete. While this is a long time to wait for a new replacement tooth, there are important reasons the process takes so long. After Dr. Binon inserts your dental implant, it takes several months for your bone to heal and fuse with the implant during a process called osseointegration. Ultimately, this process is what allows your implant to function like a natural tooth root, making it a more effective restoration.
Before you decide whether dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, it’s important that you understand the time commitment involved. We’re confident that once you understand the process and the benefits you’ll receive, you’ll realize this time commitment is extremely worthwhile.
The Osseointegration Process
Dental implants are constructed from a biocompatible material that is easily tolerated by your body. There are many tiny holes covering the surface of the implant. These holes are too small to be detected by the naked eye, but they are large enough to facilitate integration with your jawbone.
In the months following the placement of your dental implants, your jawbone will heal. During this time, osteoblasts and connective tissue will integrate into these holes, allowing the implant to securely fuse with your jawbone. Once this process is complete, your dental implant will be able to function just like a natural tooth root, providing for a permanent replacement that will be secured into the bone. No other tooth replacement option also replaces your missing root. This is the primary reason why dental implants are the most effective solution available.
How Does Osseointegration Impact the Success of Your Dental Implant Restoration?
Ultimately, the success of your procedure will be determined by how well the dental implant fuses with your bone during osseointegration. When this process is successful, it will:
- Significantly reduce the risk of implant failure
- Stimulate bone growth, reducing the risk of future tooth loss
- Prevent the bone resorption that results in a sunken facial appearance
- Allow your dental implant to support any prosthetic tooth restoration, including crowns, dentures or bridges
Tips for Facilitating a Successful Osseointegration Process
In order to ensure that your dental implant fuses to your bone properly, you’ll need to follow Dr. Binon’s post-operative care instructions diligently. You’ll also need to get plenty of rest during the first few days of your recovery, keep the surgical site clean and attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Binon.
In addition, you should be on the lookout for any warning signs of infection. While it’s natural to experience some swelling and discomfort immediately following the placement of your dental implants, this should subside within a few days. If you experience persistent oozing, bleeding or fevers several days after your procedure, contact Dr. Binon at once so that we can evaluate the situation.
By taking the proper steps during the recovery period, you should be able to ensure a successful integration of the dental implant with your bone. This will allow you to enjoy a fully functional replacement tooth that can withstand normal biting forces and allow you to eat all of your favorite foods. It will also prevent future tooth loss and when properly cared for, your dental implant should last for the rest of your life.
Contact our Roseville Implant Dentist
If you need to replace a missing tooth, please contact Dr. Paul Binon using the form on this page or call 916-786-6676 today to schedule a dental implant consultation. We serve patients in Roseville, Sacramento and throughout the surrounding areas of California.