Titanium implant-supported milled bars. CAD/CAM restorations are the future of restorative dentistry, with precision difficult to match with conventional laboratory techniques a Custom Milled Bar is a one piece milled titanium alloy structure with a passive fit. This eliminates the potential for weakness that may be caused by soldering or laser welded joints. The result is a superstructure that is more durable, superior in strength. Our leading-edge technology advances superstructures by offering simpler restorative procedures for overdenture and fixed hybrid prosthesis.
Titanium was first introduced into surgeries in the 1950s after having been used in dentistry for a decade prior. It is now the metal of choice for prosthetics, internal fixation, inner body devices and instrumentation. Titanium is used from head to toe in biomedical implants. One can find titanium in neurosurgery, bone conduction hearing aids, false eye implants, spinal fusion cages, pacemakers, toe implants, and shoulder/elbow/hip/knee replacements along with many more. The main reason why titanium is often used in the body is due to titanium’s biocompatibility and, with surface modifications, bioactive surface. The surface characteristics that affect biocompatibility are surface texture, steric hindrance, binding sites, and hydrophobicity (wetting). These characteristics are optimized to create an ideal cellular response.
Titanium is considered the most biocompatible metal due to its resistance to corrosion from bodily fluids, bio-inertness, capacity for osseointegration, and high fatigue limit. Titanium’s ability to withstand the harsh bodily environment is a result of the protective oxide film that forms naturally in the presence of oxygen. The oxide film is strongly adhered, insoluble, and chemically impermeable, preventing reactions between the metal and the surrounding environment.
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