The use of taps for dental implants
Dental implants take over the function of artificial tooth roots. For this purpose, they are screwed into the jawbone, for example by means of a screw thread. Within 3 to 6 months, they connect with the surrounding bone to form a solid, extremely resilient carrier unit. In addition, screw implants have the advantage that they “settle” immediately in the bone due to their thread. This shortens the healing time, because only little bone has to “grow back”.
Tapping into the jawbone
To drill a thread in the jawbone, a tap is necessary. In order not to put patients at additional risk, the risk of the development and spread of infectious diseases must be greatly reduced. For this reason the taps are made of stainless steel.
The taps are available in 4 different sizes:
S 3,25 (3)
S 3,75 (4)
S 4,1 (5)
S 4,5 (6)
Since there is not much space in the mouth, a ratchet with torque wrench (10 – 30 Ncm) was developed. The torque wrench is intended to dose the force applied. The tap is inserted into the ratchet and tapping can begin.