General Questions

G1    ​"​​Why is it called “BioImplant?"

We call our implants “BioImplant” because they are the first dental implant that perfectly resembles the form and color of a natural tooth root, made out of zirconia – the most biocompatible material currently available. In contrast to off-the-shelf titanium screw-type implants, which obviously do not show a natural form or color at all, and are much less biocompatible. This is the reason why they are well-known to be easily prone to peri-implantitis.

G2    ​"Is BioImplant a biological implant? "

Yes. Biomaterials are usually optimized to prevent the activation of immune cells which can cause inflammation, and decrease toxicity, and extend the lifetime of implanted devices by physical and chemical properties.

The immune system cannot react to zirconia – it is therefore invisible for the immune system, so that is one reason why it is the ideal dental implant material. Zirconia is almost as hard as diamond and has therefore the best physical and chemical properties for a long-lasting dental implant.

G3    ​"​How long do dental implants last"

Normally, there is no limit to the lifetime of a dental implant material, either titanium or zirconia. It is therefore very seldom that implant fracture occurs. The main reason an osseointegrated implant fails is due to an infection around the implant called peri-implantitis. Once the peri-implantitis reaches the screw threads, it is impossible to keep the threads clean of bio-film and germs. Then it’s just a question of time until the implant fails completely, as the infection works its way along the windings, deeper and deeper. In reality there is no way to stop this infection, as no one can keep a screw winding clean in their mouth. In contrary, BioImplant has no threads, and zirconia is not as prone to bio-film as titanium.

G4    ​"​Does the implant have side effects?"

There are no known side effects in terms of allergic or electro-chemical reactions, and there is no toxicity.

G5    "Why is ceramic much better than titanium

No ions. A BioImplant starts to meet the exact needs in terms of size, shape, and color already with the root and not with the crown.

G6    ​"What is a Non-Surgical Tooth Replacement  Solution?"

We replicate the destroyed tooth in an optimized form (This directed press fit according to bone quality and quantity is patented) so that drilling or filling voids with cadaver bones is completely unnecessary. The anatomical implant is simply tapped into place. In other words the anatomical implant simply fits the patient without any surgery.

G7     "Why is it still not common?"

Because the dental community is not interested and they want to make money with butchery.

G8    ​"What is unique about BioImplant™?

BioImplant™ is the world's first immediate 'anatomic ceramic dental implant'. This means that it is designed to fit perfectly into the space left behind when your hopeless tooth is gently removed. BioImplant™ optimizes the form and surface of the anatomic implant on basis of your original tooth according to the principles of differentiated osseointegration (patented)  to achieve secure osseointegration and  therefore we do not just replicate a tooth by copy milling. In general there is no need for any surgery or other procedure, and it takes less time to place than the tooth removal. BioImplant™ is the only implant of its type, and has been clinically proven over 12 years.

G9    ​"What are the advantages of BioImplant™ in comparison to a screw type implant?"

In short, BioImplant™ is simple, logical, and most of all non-surgical. There is no alteration of your natural anatomy by surgery. The implant simply fits you and therefore there is absolutely no need to make you fit to the implant by surgery. Since no metal is used, the ceramic implant has the best bio-compatibility  you can get at the moment. No ugly metal show or gray discoloration possible as regularly seen when using titanium screw type implants.

G10    "My tooth was pulled a year/month ago, can I still have a BioImplant™?" 

BioImplant™ is only suitable for an immediate implant (where extraction and implantation are part of the same procedure). BioImplant™ can only be placed directly into the fresh tooth socket, immediately after tooth extraction.

G11    ​"Can I have a BioImplant™ at my family dentist?"

Your dentist may not know about it yet, but the best thing is to talk to her/him and maybe they will be happy to join our Crowdfunding page to be able to provide this treatment option. It is so simple that any dentist who is able to remove a tooth will be able to place this implant. This is a revolutionary treatment, but implant companies would rather that you use their products instead. It is very hard to overcome 50 years of plain screw-type implants.

G12    ​"Where can I get a BioImplant™?

Currently, you must come to our Vienna clinic. We are happy to receive international patients. However, we will shortly be starting a crowdfunding campaign to make BioImplant™ available worldwide. Please see our Crowdfunding page.

G13    ​"How long do I have to stay in Vienna?"

Depending on your personal situation and the quality of the CT or DVT scan, gentle tooth removal and implant placement can be done in one appointment. In some cases an additional appointment is necessary for a temporary restoration in the esthetic zone. So the average time to stay in Vienna is 1-3 days. But consider Vienna is always a visit worth

G14    "​What does the price depend on?"

The cost depends on the location of the tooth which has to be removed, whether it's single- or multi-rooted, time of extraction, with or without a protective splint (used for esthetic reasons). In general the cost is comparable with that of conventional treatment, which usually involves bone augmentation or further procedures. Here, the benefit is that you never need bone augmentation, or a sinus lift and there will be almost no risk for peri-implantitis

G15   "How long has BioImplant™ been around?"

In our clinic we have successfully treated patients for more than 17 years, with over 90% success rate; please see our scientific publications in the Dentist section for details. Depending on the location and your initial situation and cut sent complaint.

G16  ​"Were animal trials used during development?"

We are proud that BioImplant™ was developed completely without the use of animal trials. We will not support any animal trials as all studies so far confirm, that zirconia osseointegrates as good or even better than titanium.

G17   ​"How long will a truly anatomic, ceramic dental implant last?"

In general there are only two ways how you can lose an osseointegrated dental implant.

  1. Implant fracture which necessitate revision surgery, typically with implant removal
  2. Incurable implant infection so called periimplantitis.

In 11 years we never experienced any implant fracture or periimplantitis. In only two cases an implant was lost due to aseptical disintegration.

In contrary recent meta-analysis showed that titanium screw type implants will get periimplanitits in 30-50% in 5-10 years follow-up due to screw windings which cannot be cleaned by the patient. In general it is impossible to stop periimplantitis on screw type implants as it is absolute impractical to keep the screw threads, beneath the gumline, clean.

G18  ​"Do you have FDA approval?"

At the moment we are preparing to submit an application to the FDA. We don't anticipate any problems, as zirconia has been used in medical implants for over 20 years, and our method eliminates any risk resulting from alteration to the anatomy caused by drilling and filling.

G19   ​"How can I get the latest information on BioImplant™?"

Our website is updated on a regular basis, but you can always Contact us to be informed of updates.

G20   ​"60 years of simple screw type implants with no or little innovation but endless screw variations is enough! I want to be one of the first to offer this CAD/CAM treatment in my country. How can I participate?"

We will shortly be starting a crowd-funding campaign to make this treatment available world-wide. Please see our Crowdfunding page, or write an e-mail via our Contact page so we are able to inform you when we launch BioImplant™.

G21   ​"Why do you not produce a full copy of the tooth, with a fixed crown, and implant it?"

Unfortunately, there are several reasons why this cannot work. Firstly, during the early healing period, the implant must not have any load, and needs to be protected. Secondly, for esthetic reasons the crown is hand-made and colored by a technician so it matches neighboring teeth in form, color, and translucency. This would not be possible if it was milled out of a block. Lastly, it is always better if a part which can be worn out can be easily replaced.

G23    " Where can I buy a BioImplant?"

At the moment, BioImplant is only available in Vienna, Austria. If you’re interested as a dentist to be part of the dental implant revolution, please contact us using the contact form, and we will be happy to put you onto the first rollout list. Anyway, we’re ready to scale worldwide with the help of investors.

G24    "Is a sinus lift necessary?  "

In the width of indication, a sinus lift is not necessary.

G25    "Is it tested on animals?"

We are proud that the whole development could be done without a single animal trial, and we are sure we will be able to keep this because we love all animals, especially Snoopy.

G26    "Is it environmentally friendly?"

Production is highly environmentally friendly, since everything is produced on demand. Implant has just one or two parts, and there are no other prosthetic parts: screwdrivers, drills, instruments, which have to be kept in stock. This reduces CO2 emissions due to transportation.

Milling and sintering just needs electricity and doesn’t leave any hazardous waste. In contrast, the milling of titanium requires a tremendous amount of oil.

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