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Ti-Enforced 1 ePTFE membranes are a multi-layer, non-resorbable membranes intended to be surgically placed under the muco-periosteum to aid in tissue regeneration in accordance with the guided tissue regeneration principle. It is a passive, non-load bearing material with a titanium frame enclosed within two exterior layers of ePTFE material. The titanium reinforcement is intended for space and shape maintenance to contain bone grafting material and to minimize graft movement during wound healing. The membranes are designed to reduce the migration and establishment of gingival tissue derived cells into bony defects sites, thus providing more favorable environment for neovascularization and bone derived cells to repopulate and repair the defect.
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This is a frequently asked question for our Titanium-Reinforced or Ti-Enforced PTFE Membranes. Ti-Enforced microporous ePTFE membranes are a multi-layer, non-resorbable membrane intended to be surgically placed under the muco-periosteum to aid in tissue regeneration.
# Q: What is the thickness of the Ti-Enforced ePTFE Membrane?
A: These membranes have a thickness of approximately 0.18mm - 0.20mm (as compared to competitors with around 0.22mm thickness).
# Q: What is Ti-Enforced™ membrane made of? A: Ti-Enforced™ membrane is composed of a titanium frame enclosed within two layers of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) material. It is a passive, non-load bearing membrane. # Q: What is the purpose of enclosing a titanium frame within an ePTFE membrane?
A: The titanium reinforcement is intended for space and shape maintenance to contain bone grafting material and to minimize graft migration during wound healing. Ti-Enforced™ membranes are designed to reduce the migration and establishment of gingival tissue derived cells into bony defects thus providing a more favorable environment for neovascularization and bone derived cells to repopulate and repair the defect.
# Q: Do the Titanium Reinforced PTFE Membranes require primary closure?
A: Primary closure helps bone regeneration. Ti-Enforced membranes are used to maintain stability and shape formation of bone regeneration. They are used for difficult or large graft sites, therefore primary closures are needed to ensure good bone regeneration.
# Q: What is the enclosed titanium frame made of?
A: The titanium frame is made of pure, implantable grade titanium.
# Q: What are the indications of Ti-Enforced™ membrane?
A: Ti-Enforced™ membrane is cleared for use as a space-making barrier in the treatment of periodontal defects and augmentation of alveolar ridge in accordance with guided tissue regeneration principle. It is a temporarily, non-resorbable, implantable material.
# Q: How long is Ti-Enforced™ membrane implanted for?
A: The membrane is intended to be submerged and implanted for more than 30 days and up to 6 months. # Q: Are Ti-Enforced™ membranes textured on both sides? A: All Ti-Enforced™ membranes have micro and macro texture on both surfaces.
# Q: What are the Advantages of Texturing on Both Surfaces?
A: By having both surfaces of Ti-Enforced™ textured, doctors do not have to be concerned about which side should face up toward the gingival tissue or face down toward the bone graft material. This makes it easier for doctors to use the membrane. The unique strawberry field texture pattern provides more surface area for the gingival tissue to adhere to the membrane, and to stabilize the wound site. The texture surface facing the bone graft material prevents the membrane from sliding around the graft material, making it easier to position the membrane over the graft material.
# Q: Can unused portions of Ti-Enforced™ membrane be re-sterilized and re-used?
A: No, Ti-Enforced® membranes are designed for single use only.
# Q: What is the shelf life of Ti- Enforced™ membranes? A: Ti-Enforced™ membranes are double packed and have a 4-year shelf life from date of manufacture.
# Q: Have you ever confirmed an allergic reaction to Ti-Enforced™ membranes?
A: There has been no reported allergic reaction caused by Ti-Enforced® membrane. It is made of inert, biocompatible ePTFE material.
# Q: Are there any contraindications? A: Ti-Enforced™ membranes are not designed for use under load bearing conditions.
# Q: What are the potential complications? A: Possible complications associated with any oral surgery include infection, flap slough, perforation, abscess formation, bone loss, pain and complications associated with the use of anesthesia. Depending upon the type and severity of the complication, as judged by the clinician, early material removal may be required.
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