September 24, 2015
Once upon a time an implant sighting was as rare as a lottery win. Today, thanks to advancements in technology, our clinical days are filled with crowns sporting a shiny base. Implants have brought patients a new and better path to oral health, and with that, a challenge for practitioners – what is the best way to keep those implants healthy?
To date, our choices have been lacking. Plastic instruments have been shown to leave particles behind1, and stainless steel scratches the surface. Medical grade titanium is considered the most compatible implant instrument material to date2. Titanium is soft enough not to scratch while more effective for calculus removal. If you have not tried titanium implant instruments yet you are missing out! Here are five reasons your implant protocol needs AEI medical grade titanium implant instruments:
1. No-Scratch Technology
Medical grade titanium implant instruments are biocompatible and soft enough to avoid scratching implants. This means you don’t have to worry about scratching an implant ever again!
2. Chose Your Working End
What’s the point of having an implant instrument in a pattern you aren’t familiar with or don’t use? American Eagle Instruments’ titanium instruments come in four popular patterns: 204S scaler, Barnhart 5-6 curette, Langer 3-4 and a Langer 5/Nebraska 128 combination.
3. Effective Plaque and Calculus Removal
Removal of plaque biofilm and calculus is essential for preventing peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis, which means effective instrumentation leads to long-term implant success. Since medical grade titanium instruments are rigid and sharp, a light grasp will remove calculus and plaque effectively. To maintain a sharp working edge, re-sharpen with a diamond or ceramic stone.
4. Handle – no slip grip
The diamond-knurling pattern on American Eagle Instruments’ resin handle provides great traction. The lightweight, large diameter handle provides better tactile sensitivity and a relaxed modified pen grasp. The combination of handle features provides complete control of the instrument.
5. Easy Sterilization and Maintenance
The titanium instruments can be cleaned and sterilized just like a stainless steel instrument. You won’t have to worry about discoloration while in the ultrasonic cleaner as long as the solution contains no phenols. Processed in an autoclave, there is no chance of melting as a plastic instrument can.
And just in case those five reasons aren’t enough, we will give you one more. The Titanium Implant Instruments from American Eagle Instruments received a “2014 Best Product” award from Dental Products Shopper. You can read their evaluation here: http://www.dentalproductshopper.com/implant-instruments.
View and purchase your very own titanium implant instruments here: http://am-eagle.com/products/implant-instruments
- 1.Nakamura, L., Sefo, DL. Implant Instrumentation. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. June 2013; 11(6): 16-18. Retrieved from: http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2013/06_June/Features/Implant_Instrumentation.aspx
- 2.Slim, L. Seeking Consensus About Dental Implants. RDH. Retrieved from: http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-34/issue-2/columns/seeking-consensus-about-dental-implants.html