When dental implants are inserted into your jaw to replace a missing tooth, you must go through a lengthy recovery process. However, the benefits of this recovery process, called osseointegration, far outweigh the hassles associated with the length of time it takes before your dental implant procedure is complete.
Osseoinegration is a natural process that occurs when your jawbone fuses with the dental implant. As a result of osseointegration, your new implant becomes permanently embedded in your jawbone and effectively acts as a fully functional replacement tooth root. No other tooth replacement option is able to replace your missing root as well as the missing tooth.
The exact length of time for osseointegration to take hold varies from patient to patient, but in general you can expect it to take 3-6 months for the process to be completed. However, your patience will pay off in the long run. Many of the important benefits of dental implants are made possible by osseointegration, including:
- Achieving a replacement for your tooth’s root
- Regaining the ability to chew and eat any food you like
- Stimulation of your jawbone, which reduces the risk of additional tooth and bone loss in the future
- A permanent restoration that will last for the rest of your life when properly cared for
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s crucial that you get them replaced as soon as possible. Failure to do so can result in serious oral health issues down the road, including additional bone and tooth loss. During your consultation, Dr. Fleschler will evaluate the health of the bone and gum tissue surrounding the area of your missing tooth in order to determine if you are a good dental implant candidate.
Please contact Dr. Heather Fleschler using the form on this page or call (713) 660-6500 today to schedule your dental implant consultation. We serve patients throughout the Houston, Texas areas of West University, Bellaire, Meyerland and River Oaks.