Bone remodeling

What is bone remodeling? The bone remodeling process, also called bone metabolism, is unique and occurs when exhausted bone tissue is removed from the skeleton through bone resorption. Then, new bone is formed by ossification.

When does bone remodeling occur? This process occurs throughout an individual’s life. A one-year-old child has had nearly all of their skeleton replaced by this process, although it does tend to slow with age.

The bone remodeling definition applies to all bones within the body, however, this process is of particular importance in implant dentistry. Often, the bone remodeling rate is stimulated when a dental implant is placed. However, remodeling can be helpful and is considered to be preventative against microdamage accumulated by repeated loading.