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Dental implant

A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium form an intimate bond to bone. The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.

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Zirconium Restorative Abutments are used when aesthetics are a concern and Zirconium implants are used when allergies and/or aesthetics are a concern

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Osseointegration occurs with both Titanium and Zirconium Implants

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Allergic to metals?

What if you're allergic to metals? About 4% of the population is but that doesn't mean implants are not an option. With help from Dr, Branemark, Dr. Leuttman developed a metal-free dental implant made from Zirconium

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Titanium Oxide Alloy

No implant is made of pure titanium, they are all made of a titanium oxide alloy and consists of very small amounts of tantalum, molybdenum and niobium. There are also Zirconium implants which do not contain mnetal

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Endosseous (placed in the bone) have many brands and styles but all were modeled after the original dental implant designed by Dr. Branemark; although there have been modifications and improvements to increase osseointegration,the influence of Branemark style implants (3rd on left) can be seen in all types

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Mimicing Nature

Implants that are designed to resemble a natural tooth have a higher success rate

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Accidental discoveru

Osseointegration of titanium oxide was discovered by Dr. Branemark when he attempted to recover titanium oxide screws from a canine bone simply because they were so expensive and he was hoping to reuse them

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Osseointegration

Implants are successful because the jaw bone integrates with the implant titanium oxide surface; osseointegration, the process of bone fusing to the titanium oxide surface, occurs because of the bodies LACK OF RESPONSE to the implant. Titanium is completely resistant to the body's environment preventing a reactive response allowing the bone to grow on the surface.

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Titanium dental implants replace the root of a single tooth, multiple teeth or an entire arch. They provide a solid base to support fixed and removable prosthetics

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