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Introduction to Dental Implants

Dental Implant General Information

Dental Implant General Information

Dental implants replace the roots of teeth and can be used to anchor a single dental crown or crowns, a bridge or a denture.  Dental implants are usually screw shaped implants made from pure titanium.

Titanium is used because of its almost unique property of fusing directly to bone a process called Osseointegration. Implants are typically 3-6mm diameter and some 7-18mm in length.

There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant; the implant fixture itself which is inserted directly into bone, the abutment an interconnecting part crossing the gum and connecting the implant to the overlying crown or denture made from titanium, gold or ceramic.

Dental implants were first used to treat patients in their current form some forty years ago. Per Ingvar Brånemark a Swedish Professor discovered that the metal titanium fused (osseointegrated) directly to bone in studies of blood circulation.

The dental implant system and clinical techniques he developed became widely used from the early 1980’s. The Neoss system represents the current state of the art using the latest technologies, best production methods and finest materials from around the world. The system is in the true spirit of the principles advocated by Brånemark.

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