Added Surface

One of the most important aspects of implant dentistry is the surface topography of the dental implant itself. Dental implant surfaces are often modified using a variety of techniques and additives in an effort to improve healing and osseointegration by improving retention of the implant in the bone formation. One way to modify the surface topography of a dental implant is to sandblast it. Another way that is being used more often in the industry is adding different materials to the surface of an implant to change its texture. For example, an acid-etched implant is one form of added surface implant. However, there are a wide variety of added surface implants available and which type is used during a dental implant procedure largely depends on the preference of the treating periodontist and the unique needs of the patient, such as where the implant will be placed and the bone quality in that area.