Osseointegration is the process by which implanted material joins to bone. Since first being recognized in the early 20th century, it has become an important part of many areas of medicine. However, only certain materials, such as titanium, produce the desired integration.
In the dental field, medical professionals utilize titanium screws during implant procedures. After the screw is placed into the jaw, bone grows around it, thus allowing the screw to serve as an anchor for artificial teeth.
Outside of dentistry, scientists have recognized the value of this phenomenon in prosthetics. Doctors can attach limbs, noses, and ears with osseointegration-friendly material. Moreover, these materials can support heavier weights and allow for increased range of movement when compared to traditional anchors. Additionally, osseointegration can assist in repairing broken bones by stabilizing the bone while it heals.
About the Author: One of America’s first Kois Center-recognized periodontist specialists, Dr. Perry Westbrook treats patients in Silicon Valley. Active in his profession, Dr. Westbrook is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration. Additionally, he is a long-time member of the American Academy of Periodontology, The California Society of Periodontists, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, and the Santa Clara Dental Society.