The occlusive barrier is a biomedical device made of medical-grade titanium; designed and manufactured according to the patient’s needs, allowing for bone regeneration. It is used for patients who have suffered from bone loss, and, thus, cannot be considered candidates for the traditional rehabilitation methods using implants.
Bone regeneration in dentistry
WHY USE BARRIERS AND NOT OTHER MEANS?
The occlusive barrier is designed and manufactured according to the patient’s needs, offering, primarily, three advantages over fillings other current materials used to resolve bone loss problems:
The regeneration process happens naturally, giving the bone space to carry out normal biological processes, instead of introducing foreign materials to the body, that, in most cases, generate inflammation, are unsuccessful, or, if they work, are completely absorbed into the body within 18-24 months. The process of creating an occlusive barrier is between 5 and 7 months.
The design process, is carried out using CAD/CAM tools, analysis tools, and studies on the patient´s anatomy, and the manufacturing process using a sintering laser, which allows for complicated, lightweight structures of high precision. This results in lightweight anatomical devices, which are easily manipulated and adapted for each patient and specialist in the surgical proceedings
The custom-made occlusive barriers are devices that form part of a complete solution, which allows a professional to plan the patient´s treatment entirely, from diagnosis to rehabilitation, with virtual surgical planning tools and surgical guides, and the ability to determine, amongst other things, the amount of tissue desired or needed according to the case.
OCCLUSIVE BARRIERS OF BONE REGENERATION
An occlusive barrier is recommended when no teeth remain, or when there is not sufficient bone to insert an implant or dental prostheses. Thus, the desired effect is the formation of bone, in order to later be able to insert dental implants, for the patient´s oral rehabilitation.
The complete arch barrier is intended for bone growth in a space of more than 7 teeth.
The half arch occlusive barrier is intended for bone growth in a space of 4 to 6 teeth.
2 to 3 teeth
The occlusive barrier for 2 to 3 teeth is intended for bone growth in a space of 2 to 3 teeth.
The occlusive barrier for 1 tooth is intended for bone growth in a space of 1 tooth.
BARRIER DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS
The process of developing these custom-made occlusive barriers involves a series of technological processes and techniques, beginning the moment that the diagnostic image is produced in 3 dimensions, leading to the installation of the medical device.