Implant dentistry is considered a highly predictable treatment modality to replace missing teeth with implant-supported dentures and is expected to play an important role in oral rehabilitation in the future.
Today, dental implants form an integral part of dental clinical practice for fully and partially edentulous patients due to their significant functional and biological advantages compared to conventional fixed or removable dentures. Implant therapy also produces excellent long-term results, as documented by numerous 10-year studies with success and survival rate.
Many implant specialists today use multiple implant systems as there are so many implant systems on the market, and this can make implant identification difficult for years. Management of late complications of implants may include replacement of the prosthesis or removal of the implant, requiring knowledge of the implant system and details of other components. For patient chart documentation, case presentation, and communication with people from the same discipline, especially dental laboratory staff and people from different disciplines, it is necessary to use an accepted nomenclature as well as standardized abbreviations and notations.
When medical implants are manufactured, one of the last steps is to mark each one with a uniquely identifying serial number. These marks are vital in monitoring the product throughout its life cycle; and is particularly critical in the event of a product recall or lawsuit resulting from failure.
If the implant does not meet performance or durability standards, others with similar serial numbers can be traced quickly and accurately. The manufacturer will know the exact place, time and batch of materials and will give you a chance to examine the materials and processes connected to the making of the product. On the other hand, surgeons and hospitals will know exactly when and to whom the device was inserted, thanks to serial numbers.
Every implant is registered in the national database in Turkey. It is very important to check whether this record exists. It is also recommended to check the lot number on the implants by searching the internet and obtaining detailed information about the implant.
It is also very important for the physician and the patient to make and have implants of known quality and brand. Under normal conditions, the raw materials of almost all implants produced in accordance with the standards are the same. In other words, the metal is the same, but the processing style, roughening style, disinfection, sterilization conditions, their protection and storage are kept as trade secrets unique to each company. This is what determines the quality.
When researching implant brands, it is necessary to look at the history of the manufacturer instead of choosing according to the place of manufacture. It is necessary not to fall into the wrong thoughts such as “every implant produced in Europe is of good quality” or “domestic implants are bad”.
The quality of the implant ; It determines factors such as its design, superstructure variety, long-term clinical follow-up, and independent scientific studies conducted and published about the system. In addition, an experienced physician always chooses the appropriate implant for the case and minimizes the risks.
Before getting an implant, you can get information about the implant to be used by your doctor . After the application, you should be given a guarantee document containing the serial number of the implant , ask your doctor for this document and keep it.