Minneapolis Implant Dentist Explains How Osseointegration Bonds Implants to Bone

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Jan 24, 2012

We are dedicated to mastering and then integrating the latest technological innovations for the benefit of our patients at Highland Park, MN Cosmetic Dentistry. Frequently a breakthrough in dental medicine will change our approach to treating patients—causing us to reassess our methods and objectives for treating even the most routine dental problems.

One such revolutionary dental treatment option is dental implants. Traditionally, dentists have treated missing teeth with dental bridges and dentures. While options like these do emulate the appearance of natural teeth, they do not function in the same way as natural teeth. Dentures and dental bridges both sit on top of the gum line. Patients are able to eat and drink with dentures and bridges, but both of these options require a specific regimen of maintenance.

On the other hand dental implants actually mimic natural teeth. The titanium roots of the implant are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. These titanium roots are used by the Minneapolis dental implant dentist to replace the root of the missing tooth—thereby creating a new dental restoration with a strong foundation.

This small titanium root is placed in the bone and left to heal. Dental implants acquire their real strength and resilience during this healing period. A process called osseointegration allows the titanium dental implant to bond with the natural bone of the jaw. This ability to osseointegrate with bone is the specific property of titanium that has revolutionized the way we approach and treat prosthetic dentistry patients. Through the use of dental implants, dental restorations really do feel, look and function like natural teeth.

After the period of healing is over a natural-looking restoration is placed over the titanium root. Now, the patient can eat and speak normally. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are permanent and can last up to twenty years when maintained properly.

Through the development of these titanium roots, and with the body’s natural assistance of osseointegration, dental implants have provided us with the most natural-feeling and looking restoration available to treat tooth loss. You can reclaim a stunning, functional smile even after suffering a traumatic dental accident or dental infection with modern and innovative dental treatments and techniques.