What does a horse tooth look like under a scanning electron microscope? In this episode we study a real horse tooth that was extracted from a horse due to dental problems.
The company asked us to do elemental analysis for multiple dental implant components in order to confirm the quality of the metals. Due to the difficult three-dimensional shape of the substrates, the studies were carried out using a high resolution scanning electron microscope “Helios NanoLab 600” (FEI), equipped with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) analyzer INCA Energy 350 (Oxford Instruments). The samples were attached to the mushroom-shaped holders with a carbon tape. The studies showed that the metals used by Biometric OÜ are indeed high quality medical titanium. We also made high resolution images of the implants surface, which has been developed to be biocompatible, support osseointegration and have a good adhesion with the surrounding tissue.
Studied dental implant components (on the left) and the surface of an advanced dental implant (on the right).