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Implant loading

“One of the most critical (perhaps the most critical) factors in successful osseointegration of an implant is stability in the bone at time of placement. Relative motion between the implant body and the surrounding bone during the early healing phase is considered to be a high risk factor for early implant loss as failure of osseointegration occurs” The term osseointergration means how the implant fuses with the bone. This is information from Dr. John Kois and he goes on to state “During the critical healing period, a loaded implant would be at greatest risk of realitive motion and would theoretically be most susceptible to failure of osseointergration”. Loading the implant means the time when the crown, bridge, or denture is placed on the impalnt and used for biting and chewing. It is very popular now to “immediate load” an implant but there is not complete agreement in the profession as to how soon and in what locations this is prudent. We, in consultation with our surgeons, decide what patients are good candidates for immediate load. The advantage of course is you get your restoration sooner, but at what cost? The idea is for your implant to last as long as possible.

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