The Brånemark Osseointegration Centre in Marseille is led by Dr. Patrick Palacci.
The centre is associated with other BOCs around the world in close ongoing relationship with Professor Per Ingvar Brånemark
Modern implantology, linked to the phenomenon of osseointegration (weld between a bone and a titanium implant) is now part of our armamentarium. This technique was discovered and developed over 40 years by Professor PI Brånemark. Dr. Palacci was one of the first to place this type of implant in France 25 years ago. These “fixtures” inserted in the jaws in optimal aseptic conditions in respect of the anatomy and biology of the patient can be used to treat fully, partially edentulous patients, as well as patients with a single tooth missing. During these years the techniques have evolved for increasing indications for treatment with bone grafts, sinus lifts, use of short implants, narrow implants. In some cases it is possible to use techniques of immediate loading, i.e. to put temporary prostheses immediately after implant placement. Analysis of the primary stability by analyzing the resonance frequency of these implants (Ostell) helps in determining the possibility of immediate loading. Computerized analysis using scanners and NobelGuide technology (Computer Assisted Implantology) may be a valuable aid in implant treatment. The aesthetic is of course in some cases at the heart of the problem and a careful management of soft tissue (papillae regeneration) combined with sophisticated prosthetic (Procera) techniques will optimize the final result. These techniques are regularly presented by Dr. Palacci at conferences worldwide, and in his centre during advanced surgical courses.