Mercury Filling Removal
In dentistry, bio compatible materials are synthetic or natural materials used to replace missing or damaged parts of your teeth, gums or soft tissue in your mouth. They play an important role in dentistry where tooth material must be replaced.

Biomaterials interact with the patient’s body and must be accepted by the patient’s body. There is always a chance, albeit small, that a material is rejected by the patient’s body. Biomaterials have the least risk of rejection possible. Materials are improving as science understands better how our bodies work.

Pieces made out of bio-materials must meet two criteria.

The first one is general bio-compatibility. This means that the piece has to be made out of a material that is harmless to the body. In other words, bio-compatible materials are non-toxic. It’s for this reason that certain materials are being phased out in modern dentistry as new dental materials are developed. For example, when the health consequences of using amalgams with mercury and nickel in them became known, more enlightened dentists stopped using these materials. Progressive dental laboratories developed new materials.

The second key for a sound bio-material is immunological bio-compatibility. This refers to how a specific individual reacts to the bio-material. Since dental solutions are always individual, dentists place a lot of importance on this factor.

Biocompatibility is established through tests and a patient’s medical and dental history. These are meant to detect and minimize any risks of rejection after the procedure. In addition, some activities and lifestyle choices (for example, smoking) can affect immunological biocompatibility temporarily or permanently.

Today there are many bio-compatible materials used for fillings. Another well-known use of bio-compatible material in dentistry is dental implants. They are made of a special material that are not only designed to be compatible with bone tissue, but to integrate with it and become part of it, through a process called osseointegration. This results in the dental implant obtaining the strength and stability of the jaw, allowing the dental implant to become the perfect base for a dental crown.

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