Against this background, it would be all the more important with a view to the long-term health of implant patients if the soft tissues would connect to their inserted implants as tightly as possible. In the past, however, no synthetically produced material used in dentistry was able to achieve this. A sobering realization that also translates to the world of dental implants: There might be implant materials that favor soft-tissue adaptation more than others (for instance, zirconia offers more favorable soft-tissue reaction than titanium as this material causes far less inflammation of periimplant tissue). However, dental implants developed until now were – depending on the material used, more or less successfully – only able to achieve some degree of soft-tissue attachment, but not to bond with it in a complete and sustainable way.
Zircon Medical Management, manufacturer of the Patent™ Dental Implant System, is leading the way: Thanks to unique design factors and a fundamental understanding of the specific material properties of zirconia, the Swiss innovation company has succeeded not only in maximizing the soft-tissue integration of the Patent™ Implant, but in creating a veritable Soft Tissue Seal around its neck, largely sealing off the inside of the body from hostile attacks from the outside world. The benefit of this achievement, which is unparalleled in the world of dental implantology, is obvious: If the attachment of the soft tissue to a dental implant is so strong that bacterial pathogens in the oral cavity cannot penetrate past the implant into the deeper tissue, the risk of restoration-related complications in the body is minimized in the long term.
Groundbreaking combination of design and material
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