Nanostructured titanium implants, along with new techniques, could help shorten treatment time for patients, a new study has shown.
The study, found in the Journal of Oral Implantology, described a surgeon successfully combining model-guided surgery with immediate placement of a nanostructured titanium implant, a final abutment, and the tooth.
It claims that the nanostructured titanium integrates with the bone faster, is stronger, and is less susceptible to disease than conventional implant materials.
The author concluded that these types of implants have great promise and that nanostructured titanium is particularly appropriate for immediate placement of the implant and tooth, concluding: ‘the patient was pleased with the aesthetic result, the improvement in function, and the ease of maintenance.’
In the study the surgeon successfully combined model-guided surgery with immediate placement of a nanostructured titanium implant, a final abutment, and the tooth.
The surgeon uses a thin acupuncture needle to create the model without anesthetizing the patient.
The authors believe this model-guided surgery is highly accurate yet less expensive than computer-based techniques and by keeping the original root structure, the surgeon was able to lessen the risk of gum recession.
The combination resulted in a successful implant, without receding gums, and the flapless surgery resulted in less pain and a faster process that minimised the patient’s eating and other daily living habits.
Holbrook S (2016) Model-Guided Flapless Immediate Implant Placement and Provisionalization in the Aesthetic Zone Utilizing a Nanostructured Titanium Implant: A Case Report Journal of Oral Implantology 42(1): available at http://www.joionline.org/doi/full/10.1563/aaid-joi-D-14-00040.