Osseointegration: The Science Behind Dental Implants

TDimplant-300x229 Here at Williams Lake Smiles, we receive many patients who are suffering from missing teeth and the problems associated with them. When we speak to them about dental implants and the restoration options they give our patients, many of these people are confused about the implant process and how it is capable of providing the results the treatment has become known for. Today, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar is blogging to speak to Williams Lake, BC area patients about the process of osseointegration, which is responsible for the comfort and reliability that comes with dental implants.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are so successful because they fuse directly to the patient’s jawbone, just like natural teeth do. This is possible because the jawbone is naturally capable of regenerating itself. When this regeneration process is used to anchor an implant fixture into place, it is called osseointegration. The reason this fusion between fixture and jawbone is possible is because the implant fixture is made from titanium, which is a biocompatible alloy. During the placement surgery, this implant fixture is placed in the patient’s jawbone, which causes the regeneration process to begin. This starts a three to six-month long period of recovery, during which osseointegration begins.

While your implant heals, your jawbone creates new bone tissue that grows up along the implant fixture, wrapping around it and pulling it into its proper place. Some forms of implant fixture are made porous, with small holes covering them. Newly regenerated bone tissue will weave itself through these small holes, further latching on to the structure. It is thanks to this process that dental implants are able to provide the level of results that they are becoming known for.

Because of how important successful osseointegration is to the dental implant process, there are some steps we recommend our patients take to ensure that the process proceeds as planned:

  • Avoid chewing directly on top of your healing implant, as undue pressure can put the process at risk.
  • Be sure to avoid using a straw to drink a beverage. This is because suction can dislodge the blood clot protecting your healing implant from bacteria.
  • If you smoke, it is important that you give up the habit while undergoing the dental implant process. The reason for this is that tobacco and nicotine are both detrimental to your oral health, and can increase your chances of infection.

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Thanks to osseointegration, we are able to provide patients with new replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. With this level of quality possible, it’s no wonder why so many patients are choosing to restore their missing teeth with dental implants instead of with other treatment types, such as dentures and dental bridges. If you would like to learn more about this treatment or the process of osseointegration, then contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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