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Osseointegration. Healing time

author icon By Dr. George Ghidrai

For an implant to become permanently stable, the body must grow bone to the surface of the implant. This process is called osseointegration.

Osseointegration is defined as the formation of a direct interface between an implant and bone, without intervening soft tissue. Applied to oral implantology, this means that the bone grows right up to the implant surface without interposed soft tissue layer.


When osseointegration occurs, the implant is tightly held in place by the bone. The process typically takes several weeks or months and it can be influenced by several factors :

The fact is that the degree of osseointegration of implants is a matter of time. While first evidence of integration occurs after a few weeks, the more robust connection is progressively effected over the next months or years.

This means that the osseointegration process continues well after the definitive restoration is secured to the implants.

That is just one reason why the prosthetic phase requires an equal amount of technical expertise : a restoration that overloads one (or more) implants can damage the osseointegration process, which may result in implant failure.

Last review and update: February 2019

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