Laser Etching

The texture of the surface of a dental implant is crucial to its ability to osseointegrate with the patient’s natural bone tissue. A surface that is too smooth has been shown to have a lower success rate than rougher dental implant surfaces. Additionally, a textured surface does more than just boost bone integration: it stabilizes the implant and may provide antibacterial properties as well. There are many different ways to treat the surface of a dental implant including sandblasting, chemical etching, and laser etching. Laser etching is believed to be more precise than both sandblasting and chemical etching, which produce more variable results than a programmable laser. Laser etching can also be used on top of sandblasting or chemical etching to provide a more textured surface that integrates better with bone. Dental abutments can also be laser etched to improve the texture of the surface that will adhere to the implant body, screw, and crown.