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Will the titanium plate have to be taken out

Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-4V ELI offer greater fracture-resistance when used in dental implants. The implant procedure begins with the insertion of a titanium screw into the jaw. The screw resembles and acts like the root of the tooth. After an allotted amount of time has passed for the bone to have grown into the medical grade titanium screw, a fake tooth is connected to the implant.


Patients often ask, “Will the titanium plate have to be taken out?” during our discussions about fixing bad wrist fractures or fractures in other parts of the hand and arm. Some patients ask this after a successful surgery when the bone is healed.


The purpose of a plate and screws (or any metal hardware) in fracture treatment


A plate is a flat piece of metal made of titanium or stainless steel that has holes in it. The plate fits on the surface of a fractured bone and screws are placed through the holes in the plate to hold the plate to the bone.

All the plate does is hold the fractured bone pieces together while they heal. After the bone heals, the plate and screws serve no function at all. All the strength of a healed bone comes from the bone itself. In fact, if the bone never heals, a strong plate can easily be broken in half if the patient uses the hand in a careless way

Surgeons leave plates and screws in most of the time, but there are some situations that may make the surgeon or patient more willing to take out the hardware