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Information about Tidal Spiral implants, and frequently asked questions

What is the definition of "the best available Implant"?

  1. The Implant must meet all present day Criteria:
    • Is made from Grade 5 Titanium (Ti 6 Al 4 V)
    • Have an internal hex "key connection"
    • The surface area is treated via S.L.A (Sandblasted, Large-grid, Acid-etched)
    • Preferably be of a conical and spiral shape and form.
  2. The manufacture of the implant must be effected under the highest possible technological and engineering standards, with a clean surface, showing an increase of rounded "soft" microscopic prominences and NO scratches, pok-marks or fragile sharp-edged prominences = TSI
  3. The core added to an implant must be designed in a manner where even if not screwed into the implant it will adapt to it as a perfect fit without any lateral movement and that its finish-line be equivalent to the striations found at the neck of the implant, to enhance adaptation and minimise plaque retention = TSI.

TSI meets all present day criteria.

Why "Titanium Grade 5: Ti 6 Al 4 V"?

Titanium Grade 5 has been found to be the best available alloy for the manufacture of Dental Implants it is an alloy of 1 part Titanium, 6 parts Aluminium and 4 parts Vanadium.

What is an internal hex and what is its function?

As per picture; for superior aesthetics and with the ratchet applied, a tactile control while screwing into the bone site

What is the relevance of using Aluminium Oxide(S.L.A.)

Aluminium Oxide is used on most modern-day Implants to increase surface area and leave a "roughened" surface on the Implant, for the benefit of increasing retention by virtue of Osseo-integration at the bone / implant interface.

What advantages are there in "wet-shot blasting" the implant with Aluminium Oxide, over "dry-shot blasting"?

 

There are two major advantages in "Wet-shot Blasting":

    • Wet-shot blasting leaves gently round-edged prominences (hillocks) on the surface of the Implant so that in the retention of the Implant, occlusal and orthodontic forces are being utilised in a positive and advantagious manner to increase Implant retention, similar to their actions on the natural dentition

    • Dry-shot blasting leaves roughened sharp edged prominences, scratches and pok-marks on the implant surface, which have a tendency to weaken fusion of bone and Implant, and under occlusal and orthodontic forces these retentive points tend to fracture, weakening the retention status!

What is the relevance of Primary Stability as opposed to Secondary Stability of the Implant?

  • "Primary Stability" is imposed and effected on insertion, when the implant is screwed into the bone.

  • "Secondary Stability" is one which develops with time as the immediate area of bone around the implant is stimulated for osteo-genesis and osseo-integration, so as to reduce the "high-risk factors" of failure in the first month after Implantology

Does this mean that all other Implants on the market today are no good?

No, We apologize if we have led you to misunderstand that other implants are no good or failures! Today there are approximately six Implants in the market-place with an absolute zero error factor which may, under optimal conditions, yield up to a ninety percent (90%) success rate.

Well, is not ninety percent good enough?

The success rate between 90% and 100% is most critical by virtue of the fact that you must accept or concede to failure of one in every ten Units which YOU implant

What shape and form of the Implant should I consider using? and why?

About eight years ago it was found and decided that Spiral implants were the best possible form to use since by virtue of their form they reduced the waiting period, before loading the implant, by at least half. The Spiral thread (blades) of the implant, projects approximately one third to one half of a mm. into bone ( 0.3-0.5 mm.) and as it is screwed into bone, these blades create lateral forces of pressure which not only increase retention but by virtue of the fact that they present themselves as orthodontic and occlusal loadings, are physiologically acceptable hence, decreased rejection and increased success rates.

Conical implants are by virtue of their shape – equivalent to all natural tooth roots physiologically acceptable but require some assistance in their retentive properties, since,the body recognises them as foreign bodies notwithstanding their shape hence, Tidal Spiral Implants has created a self tapping apical third to the implant, which, as the implant is screwed in actually drills itself into the bone and condenses the bone shavings at the end of the self--tapping furrow so that once healed this conglomerate of solidified bone acts to further anchor the implant

What shape and form of the Implant should I consider using? and why? (2)

About eight years ago it was found and decided that Spiral implants were the best possible form to use since by virtue of their form they reduced the waiting period, before loading the implant, by at least half. The Spiral thread (blades) of the implant, projects approximately one third to one half of a mm. into bone ( 0.3-0.5 mm.) and as it is screwed into bone, these blades create lateral forces of pressure which not only increase retention but by virtue of the fact that they present themselves as orthodontic and occlusal loadings, are physiologically acceptable hence, decreased rejection and increased success rates.

Conical implants are by virtue of their shape – equivalent to all natural tooth roots physiologically acceptable but require some assistance in their retentive properties, since,the body recognises them as foreign bodies notwithstanding their shape hence, Tidal Spiral Implants has created a self tapping apical third to the implant, which, as the implant is screwed in actually drills itself into the bone and condenses the bone shavings at the end of the self--tapping furrow so that once healed this conglomerate of solidified bone acts to further anchor the implant

Can Sinus lifting be effected without extensive surgery or risk of puncturing the Sinus membrane?

YES!! The design of the "Tidal Spiral Implant" is such that the apical edge of the implant is finished with a smooth rounded periphery, although it is a perfectly flat surface, to assist in the gentle lifting of the Sinus floor with no risk of puncturing or pressure atrophy. Note the smooth, rounded peripheries but yet the flat-edged apical surface of the Tidal Spiral Implant.

Can the TSI be used for immediate post-extraction implantology?

Yes, based on the acceptable criteria for Immediate post-extraction implantology, Which are:

  • A non-traumatic extraction site
  • No gingival/periodontal/periapical disease
  • The implant exceeds the length of the socket by a minimum 2-3 mm.
  • The implant circumference is larger than the lower two thirds (2/3) of the socket.
  • There is no more than one to one and a half mm. (1-1.5 mm) circumferential space between the implant and the tooth socket

if the above criteria are maintained and a minimal Primary Stability imposed by virtue of a 70%-80% fixation due to depth of socket/implant interface then immediate post-extraction implantology will succeed

Why should I choose Tidal Spiral Implants above others available on the market today?

All the implants, today, present with one or more special features in preference to the other. Whereas Tidal Spiral Implant designers and manufacturers have taken the care to impose on and include in the design of the TSI, all of the best and most attractive features found in the other implant modalities so as to obtain the 100% success rate desired.