Fibrous connective tissue

Fibrous connective tissue is composed of parallel bundles of collagen fibers. It is found in the dermis, tendons, and ligaments and can also be referred to as dense connective tissue. In dental applications, fibrous connective tissue makes up an important part of the oral anatomy and has the ability to interact with dental implants. Fibrous connective tissue has been found to attach to dental implants at specific locations superior to the crestal bone and inferior to the junctional epithelium. The attachment of the connective tissue to the implant seems to strengthen previous findings about the long-term success of implants and their relationship with the surrounding tissues. Since one of the major roles of fibrous connective tissue is to provide support to surrounding bone, tissue, and organs, its re-growth at implant sites means the implant may have some of the same structural support as natural teeth.