How Do Dental Implants Work?

ToothLossFactsCan You Say Osseointegration? It’s Why Dental Implants Work!

Dental implants are one of the newest innovations in modern dentistry, and they are changing the way people live.  As the name implies, a dental implant is “implanted” in the jaw to take the place of a missing tooth. The implant functions exactly like the tooth it is replacing. The dental implant is topped with a crown, and if you didn’t know any better you would not be able to tell the difference between the implant and a “real” tooth.

Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

But how, exactly, do dental implants work? After all, a tooth has been replaced with a metal implant.  How in the world can that end up replacing the tooth that was lost? One word – osseointegration.

Osseointegration is the firm anchoring of a surgical implant (as in dentistry or in bone surgery) by the growth of bone around it without fibrous tissue formation at the interface. That is osseo (bone) + integration (fusion with).  Once an implant is placed and stabilized, the process of osseointgration begins; and in about 2 months, the bone will fill the remaining gap and heal by fusing to the implant. Implant patients must be careful during that period, but once the osseointegration is complete, the implant and crown will function as any other tooth in the patient’s mouth.

At McGann Facial Design, Dr. McGann and his staff are San Diego’s experts in dental implants. From straightforward to complex cases, we offer patients a choice solution to missing teeth, and we guarantee our dental implants for life! If an implant post fails, Dr. McGann will replace it without a charge. We are confident in the predictable success of our implants.

If you are looking for a solution for missing teeth or have any questions about implants, give us a call or send us a note via our website. We would be happy to discuss them with you.

To read more about osseointegration and the history of the dental implant, visit the Academy of Osseointegration’s website by clicking here. 
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