Dental implants are among the most popular and effective options for replacing lost teeth. A dental implant consists of a post (usually made of titanium or zirconia), a prosthetic crown that has the form and function of a natural tooth, and an abutment that connects them.
What is Osseointegration?
The post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. It is made of titanium, zirconia, or a similar substance because these materials are biocompatible. This means that the body will react favorably toward them instead of rejecting it as a hostile substance. The posts will gradually bond with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Tooth roots stimulate the jaw bone and keep it healthy, but when a tooth is removed, the stimulation is cut off, and the bone can deteriorate. The biocompatible posts in dental implants stimulate the jaw bone just like natural tooth roots would, restoring the health of the underlying bone. Dentures and other dental prosthetics cannot do this.
However, to have the desired results, we must ensure that the osseointegration process takes place properly and to do that we employ a special device.
What is a Periotest?
A Periotest is an instrument that is used for determining the rate of osseointegration in dental implants. From initial stability testing, through the recovery period, up to the finished product, can uses this device at any stage of implant treatment.
Its value comes from its ability to measure the completed crown. Studies have shown that 10% of implants are prone to periimplantitis after 15 years, but we can use Periotests to pinpoint and treat this problem early on.
Periotest M is a variation of the device in the form of a hand-held mobile device that allows us to measure osseointegration on dental implants wirelessly. Periotest M makes, However,evaluation of implant stability even easier.
This device maximizes freedom of movement because of its advanced design and eliminates the need for a surface for apparatus close to the patient. A base unit recharges the machine’s internal lithium-ion battery, similar to that of a cordless phone.
Advantages of the Periotest M
Dentists and oral surgeons need a swift and accurate way to measure the osseointegration process to ensure the implants are properly bonding with the jaw bone, and here at Periodontal Associates we have that method in the form of the Periotest.
Periotest M is impressive because of how simple it is. The machine is turned on by just one switch, which immediately initiates the measuring sequence. The device’s integral display shows the test results.
The most recent model still has the assets of previous versions, including its versatility in a wide array of uses. We can use the Periotest to take measurements on a wide selection of implants without having to use additional accessories like transmitters. These considerations combine to make the Periotest a highly effective measuring device.
It is part of our practice to routinely check implants with the Periotest, and we build a sense of dependability and trust with our patients in so doing. We want you to know that we’re concerned about the health of your implants years after you get them.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.