Today, we do not often talk about the quality of dental implants and the certifications that the dentist should provide to the patient to make him aware of what was implanted in his mouth. Just as we are interested in the brands of the cars we buy, and we are well aware of the difference between Fiat and Ferrari, in the same way we should get information on the implants and materials that the dentist uses when he takes care of us as patients.
Not all dental implants are the same
Due to the current economic crisis and sometimes unfair competition, dentists and dental technicians all tend to save as much as possible. When it comes to ordering the materials and prostheses, some dentists turn to non-European markets which, as we all known, cannot offer guarantees of biological safety, quality, precision and durability! Another important element for the patient is the traceability of the implants the dentist uses.
The implants must in fact have a code number and be authorized by law with regard to both manufacturing and quality standards. When the dentist opens a sterile package, there must be an adhesive label that can be glued on the patient’s card or, in the case of some systems, on a special booklet: this is the so-called passport that allows the traceability of the materials.
The prostheses come with a declaration of conformity by the laboratory, a copy of which must always be given to the patient. Even the guarantees on materials are fundamental and are supplied by the manufacturers: if a good quality system breaks for any reason even after 10 years can be replaced, all over the world!
The implant passport therefore preserves the memory of the treatments performed and can be of fundamental importance throughout life to be aware of what, where, when, how and who treated the patient.