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Osseointegration & Dental Implants

A happy mouth with dental implants in Tigard, ORHere at Richard Whipple, DDS in Tigard, OR we want all of our patients to know and understand how losing teeth affects their oral health. If you have experienced some form of tooth loss, you probably appreciate how much of an inconvenience it is to lose teeth. It makes it difficult or impossible to eat and speak the way you did before tooth loss and can even make eating painful. What many people don’t realize is that the loss of a single tooth or several teeth can easily lead to extensive tooth loss. We always recommend replacing lost teeth with dental implants right away so the process of osseointegration can begin, and your oral health can stabilize.

What is osseointegration?

Osseointegration describes the process where bones heal around a foreign object in the body. When we surgically place a dental implant into your jawbone, our goal is to set it in place and allow it some time to heal. While the bone heals, it will grow around the titanium dental implant post, creating a strong bond between the implant post and the bone in your jaw bone. When the healing process is completed the dental implant will have enough support from your jaw bone that it will be able to act as if it were a natural tooth – giving you the ability to eat and speak as you did before you experienced tooth loss.

Why titanium?

Most of the dental implants that we place rely on a titanium dental implant post that we surgically insert into the jawbone. Titanium is the most common material used in the dental and medical fields to replace the bone structure with implants because it has a unique set of properties that make it extremely valuable. Firstly, titanium is biocompatible, which means that the human body readily accepts it instead of trying to reject it. Normally, when a foreign substance enters the body, the body gets to work trying to expel it. Consider a splinter – the area will become red and swollen, sometimes pus will form under the skin, all in an attempt to get rid of or break down the splinter. Titanium doesn’t have this effect. Instead, it is accepted by the body.

Titanium is also extremely strong and doesn’t break down or corrode over time, even in the challenging conditions of the human body. Titanium is light and durable, making it the perfect fit for implants.

Zirconia Dental Implants

While titanium makes up the vast majority of dental implant posts, it isn’t the only material that we can use for the implant post. Zirconia is another biocompatible material that we use in rare circumstances where the aesthetic value of the implant post matters. In most circumstances, the implant post will never be visible in your smile because the gum tissue and the implant restoration will cover it up. In circumstances where the gum tissue is lacking, and the implant post will show, the natural white color of zirconia makes for a much more appealing aesthetic than the metallic color of titanium.

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