Adherence to the principles of Osseointegration, a term founded by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark after his important breakthrough in the 1950s when he discovered that bone can integrate with titanium components, is the foundation for all clinical applications.
A titanium screw-shaped implant – fixture – is carefully placed in the bone and – amazingly enough – the genetic code that commonly makes bone reject a foreign material is not activated. Instead nature allows bone cells to attach to the titanium surface and the result is a firm and permanent anchorage for a prosthetic reconstruction.
Professor Brånemark named his discovery from the Latin word os – which means bone, and integrate – which means make whole, which can also be expressed as interactive coexistence.
Quality care encompasses not only the follow-up of implant and prosthetic stability, but also function. Osseoperception, which makes it possible for bone-anchored prosthetics to communicate with the mind via the patient´s central nervous system facilitates function in virtually every case.
If our ambition is restitutio ad integrum ( “to restore the original condition”) the need for sensory evaluation becomes self-evident.
P-I Brånemark, October 2010.