Myths and Facts about Dental Implants

What You Should Know About the Dental Implant Industry
Advances in dentistry have resulted in remarkable technical advancements in the last decade or so. When performed with proper surgical technique, dental implants have become the treatment of choice for replacing missing or damaged teeth, with success rates exceeding 95%. In the early 1960s, an orthopaedic surgeon named P.I. Branemark introduced the principle of osseointegration, or the fusing of titanium with bone, to the dental community; however, using the procedure in a dental setting was seen as hazardous and unpredictable. At this time, success rates rarely exceeded 55-60%, and many doctors believed that including them in a patient’s care plan was too early to guarantee predictable success with a particular prosthesis. To improve success rates, changes to the design of the dental implant surface were made, but most of these changes were made without sound clinical evidence to back up the manufacturer’s claims of improved success rates. Years of testing led to the development of a titanium dental implant that looked like a natural tooth root.Do you want to learn more? Visit Alta Canyon Dental

Dental implants have become more widely used by general dentists and specialists after 40 years of technological advancements in the field. When the implant dentistry market exploded a decade ago, several implant companies wanted to change the topographical surface of the implant fixture with unsubstantiated claims of higher success rates in order to gain market share from the big implant companies, which now account for 85-95 percent of US dental implant sales.
Unfortunately, the dental literature contains a large amount of poorly published research that makes false claims about increased success rates. In many cases, implant manufacturers have changed the design of their implant in response to higher success rates seen with a competitor implant that has undergone the necessary testing and clinical documentation. As the dental implant industry continues to grow year after year, this issue will never go away.

As a potential implant candidate, there are a few things you should know about the implant industry before beginning treatment:
FACT: Doctors do not need formal surgical training on humans to place dental implants.

One implant manufacturer, in particular, holds educational seminars for dentists interested in placing dental implants in a single weekend. That’s right, doctors can earn a surgical training certificate in as little as two days, proving that they have undergone advanced training in surgical implant dentistry and are thus trained to insert dental implants in humans. Unfortunately, these doctors are being focused on artificial jawbones rather than human topics.

FACT: The US government does not require FDA approval for a dental implant fixture to be marketed to the professional community.
A legislative body in the United States regulates biomedical devices and their potential uses in the medical and dental communities. If, for example, a dental implant meets certain criteria for surgical insertion into the human body based on prior applications by other manufacturers who have tested the device, the regulatory body will grant 510K clearance to the implant manufacturer. The 510K clearance allows manufacturers of dental implants (and other biomedical devices) to market their products without first conducting animal or human testing! When another biomedical device with a similar feature has been previously published, the 510K approval will be formalised using the literature for the first product.