Osseointegration is the fusion of dental implants with jawbone tissue, which takes place over the course of four to six months following placement surgery. Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis of Dental Wellness of Westchase in Tampa, FL, uses custom surgical guides and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) to encourage successful osseointegration. The long-term success of your treatment is important to us, and we take every measure to help you experience the maximum benefits of dental implants.
A Biocompatible Solution
How Osseointegration Works
Osseointegration is the development of direct contact between living bone tissue and an implant, with no soft tissue between them. Implants are threaded much like wood screws, and often have other deep indentions. Regenerating bone tissue can enter these indentions, creating a steadfast bond. In essence, the implants become a part of your anatomy, and with a restoration attached, they can help you experience virtually the same level of comfort and functionality that a complete set of natural teeth can provide.
Planning a Successful Treatment
Before recommending dental implant surgery, Dr. Creech-Gionis takes a number of steps to determine whether osseointegration will be successful:
Our office uses cone beam CT scans to assess bone quality. Using these highly detailed images, we can determine if you have sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants. Patients who do not have enough jawbone tissue may first require a bone graft or sinus lift procedure to replace lost tissue. Studies have shown that implants placed in grafted bone have as many favorable outcomes as implants placed in pristine bone.
Medical History Review
An in-depth review of your medical history and any medications you are taking will allow your doctor to identify any pre-existing conditions, habits, or other contraindications, such as:
Our practice approaches patient care as a partnership between dental staff and patients. We provide detailed post-operative instructions that we review carefully with each patient to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Dr. Creech-Gionis and her team look forward to using advanced technology and expertise to rebuild your smile and restore your health and confidence.
GEM 21S® contains platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), which plays an important role in wound healing. When used in any number of oral surgery procedures, it can spur the generation of dense, healthy bone tissue. When patients require bone grafting, we use GEM 21S to create an excellent foundation for your dental implants.
Careful planning is essential to the success of dental implant treatment. We take great measures to not only identify the best locations for your implants, but to also make certain that the implants are inserted precisely. We create custom surgical guides for every patient. These devices fit over the dental ridge and guide your surgeon in placing the implants, significantly reducing any risk of error. It also expedites surgery, making the amount of time needed to place an implant equal to that of extracting a tooth.
Make Your Appointment Today
Dr. Creech-Gionis and her team look forward to using advanced technology and expertise to rebuild your smile and restore your health and confidence. If you are missing teeth and feel ready to take the first step to reclaiming a healthy smile, we invite you to call our office today at (813) 855-2273 or send us a message using our online contact form.