BioHorizons Laser-Lok 3.0 Implant System

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 03/29/2012
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BioHorizons Laser-Lok 3.0 Implant System

Ideal 2-Piece Implant Benefits

Having placed implants for almost 30 years, I have seen so many advances, improvements, and new options in implant choices. This has been such a benefit for both the patient and the implant surgeon. For the patient, esthetics has been the greatest change. Implant dentistry can now duplicate the esthetics of natural teeth, from single crowns to full-arch restorations. No longer are implants just a foundation for a denture. For the surgeon, new surface technologies and implant designs allow predictable integration and softtissue maintenance.


Narrow Bone Solutions

In the past, narrow ridges or small spaces were our nemesis. Additional bone graft procedures were required or an implant was not an option. Then the 1-piece narrow implants were developed. These gave us new options and were very successful, but denied us the option of protected healing or having full control of the emergence profile. If an angled emergence was required, the implant was not possible because 1-piece implants are only straight. Finally, we have the 3.0 mm BioHorizons Laser-Lok 2-piece implant with all the advantages of regular, full-size implants. You can submerge the implant, you can place healing abutments for progressive loading and tissue contouring, and you have a variety of stock abutments with different cuff heights and 0- or 15-degree angulation.

Laser-Lok Tissue Adaptation

While grit blasting and acid etching have improved the implant-bone connections, we have never before had a surface treatment that preserved the soft tissue. The Laser-Lok surface at the neck of the implant is a series of cell-sized circumferential channels that are precisely created using laser ablation technology. This technology produces extremely consistent microchannels that are optimally sized to attach and organize both osteoblasts and fibroblasts, producing a physical, connective tissue attachment to the Laser-Lok surface. This attachment prevents the downgrowth of epithelial tissue.

We all know that you need healthy bone to support soft tissue, and healthy soft tissue prevents bone loss. With the Laser-Lok implants, I no longer expect or accept crestal bone loss. And this is especially critical when using small diameter implants where we have minimal bone thickness in the first place.

The Bottom Line

Implant dentistry has always been exciting and rewarding, but sometimes challenging. With the Laser-Lok 3.0 Implant, I have more excitement and rewards, and fewer challenges. I can now treat small spaces with total confidence.