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Trefoil – An adjustable at time of surgery All-on-Three Option from NobelBiocare

Using the highest grade Titanium, the Trefoil system enables increased precision as well as adaptive implant surgery, that automatically adjusts to any deviations that will inevitably be experienced during the implant process. This state of the art system enables many benefits for the dental professional, as it allows teeth to be made on the day of the surgery and allows for the more efficient implementation of those teeth. The patent for the system is currently pending, but the system could

Guide Pro 3D: An Alternative Implant Approach

Free hand implants require a great deal of skill, time and effort for a dentist to pull off. Not only this, the consistency from patient to patient is something which is clearly lacking if an implant is done by hand, which begs the question of whether or not there is a better way. The GuidePro3D utilises disruptive technology; additive layer manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, to be able to print out a custom frame and cartridge (as pictured) in

Automatic Profile Generator (APG) – Software for Customized Healing Abutments – $299.00

The esthetic quality and integrity of every single implant is inarguably influenced by the peri-implant tissue shaping of the implant healing abutment itself. Having the ability to be able to make highly accurate personalized healing abutments in a matter of minutes using the latest CAD/CAM software is a great tool for implantologists to have.   The above picture and video shows how simple the process is to make a personalized healing abutment shaping block. This will take around 30 seconds

Immediate Placement Kit (IPIP)

Internationally patented, this immediate placement kit brings the latest technology in precision dental engineering to ensure fast and efficient tooth extraction with immediate implant placement The specially designed tool, as shown in the image effectively locks in place and secures the direction in which dentists need to drill. This means there can be know distortions in the drilling movement and a clean channel can be produced, which is a much more repeatable process. In turn, by creating such a neatly

Autoscan DS-EX

The Autoscan DS-EX offers unprecedented dental scanning technology in terms of both accuracy and efficiency. This desktop sized 3D dental scanner (pictured above) uses the latest in 3D structured light technology and allows the user to simultaneously scan up to 8 dies, without the loss of accuracy or detail. The software also offers the capability to scan various impression modes, with increased post-processing capability with continuous scanning. A full list of specifications can be found at http://en.shining3d.com/digitizer_detail-4492.html . In short,

2 FDA Recalls of Trabecular Metal Technology – Zimmer

Two recent recalls by the US Food and Drug Admininstration (FDA) of Zimmer’s Trabecular Metal Technology, one in dental implants and the other in shoulder implants raise concern. In the case of the recall of the Trabecular Metal dental implant: The Zimmer Dental voluntary device recall resulted from an investigation into the February 2012 complaint involving an apical tip of a 4.1mm D Trabecular Metal Implant which separated from the implant assembly during surgery on a patient with a dense

BSB Direct Cut Drills – Eliminate Inaccuracy of Sequential Drilling in Guided Surgery

Blue Sky Bio has released their BIO|Cut drill that features a unique drill topography to cut bone very efficiently without the need for sequential size drills. Only the final implant specific drill is needed to shape the osteotomy before implant placement. This design is particularly useful in guided surgery and allows very accurate guided osteotomies to be made without the need for key guides and sequential drill sizes which can introduce and compound inaccurate positioning. This system allows you to

Trabecular Metal Technology comes to Dental Implants – Zimmer Dental Inc

Tantalum, element #73 on the periodic table has found its way into dental implants thanks to mega dental implant manufacturer, Zimmer. They have tranferred it from use in hip implants to dental implants. The trabecular metal material structure and stiffness similar to trabecular bone and is fabricated by coating a vitreous carbon skeleton with tantalum through a proprietary chemical vapor deposition coating process. The tantalum exhibits a crystallographic growth on the vitreous carbon surface of the interconnecting struts that form

Straumann releases Guided Surgery Kit

Among the new products presented by Straumann at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany is a comprehensive instrument kit for guided implant surgery. The kit contains all the instruments, drills, profilers and taps needed to place Straumann implants with surgical templates currently made with open-library (non-exclusive) 3D software systems, including IVS, Materialise, med3D, iDent, and siCAT.

StentCad Beyond System

Researchers at the University of Ankara, Turkey have designed an innovative CAD based implant guide. The design features a plastic stent produced by rapid prototyping methods that snugly fits the implant handpiece and uses a square slot system to guide the drill direction as opposed to the metal/plastic sleeves used by similar systems. This allows for better visualization of the surgical area and negates the use of stepped sleeves of increasing diameter to guide the twist drill. Additionally it eliminates

Compact Cone-Beam CT Scanner

Gendex has released its latest imaging system. The GXB-500 features a medium size form-factor cone beam CT for for implant planning, TMJ analysis, and small oral surgery procedures. The system’s unique Amorphous Silicon Flat Panel sensor yields accurate, highly detailed image quality at the fastest scan and reconstruction rates in the industry (8.9 seconds and 20 seconds respectively), that allow dental teams to experience greatly improved workflow. Adding to the value of the GXCB-500, the system serves a dual function—it

The Navigator System for CT Guided Surgery – Biomet 3i

Biomet 3i have developed a protocol and set of surgical instruments for use with their implants in CT guided surgery. The Navigator System utilizes a surgical plan devised from CT images using Materialises`s Simplant Technology and a combination of specially designed surgical and laboratory drills and instruments to allow template-based implant positioning and immediate restoration if so desired.

Implant Logic Systems – Implant Guide Service

Implant Logic Systems is a service which both plans implant positioning and manufactures a custom surgical drill guide to place the implants according to the treatment plan. They use both `Simplant` and a custom software package, VIP, to plan the implant position using CT-Scan data. Their Pilot Compu-Guide Drill Kit is used to ensure accurate osteotomy positioning using the custom designed drill guide and sleeves.

Adjustable Depth Guide

Drillstops.com has released a series of drill stops designed for use with the Straumann and compatible systems. They also have an adjustable depth guide which features analogs of the narrow, standard and wide neck implant platforms allowing for a more accurate visualization of the position of the implant neck. The gauge has been renamed `Verban Depth Gauge` after its inventor Dr. Emil Verban.

Precision Digital Radiography Measurment Devices

Ingenious Dentistry LLC has released a radiographic marker that features one or three precision stainless steel ball bearings sized at 5mm. These are placed at the time radiographs are taken and used to calibrate the resulting radiographic image. Their site features some good tips and explains how to calculate the actual size of the object of interest in the calibrated xray.

Nobel Biocare refutes criticism concerning its teeth-in-an-hour dental implant

Nobel Biocare refuted criticism voiced by Swedish scientists, saying its implant product `teeth-in-an-hour` is a scientifically proven concept with high success rates. The Swiss-Swedish implant maker said that one of its `ongoing studies with 19 patients and a total of 118 implants shows that after three years, 96.3 pct of all implants still function`. The complete report will be available in April, it said. The group`s statement came in reaction to a study by Sweden`s Karolinska Institute published on Saturday

`Teeth-in-an-Hour` may carry more complications than conventional methods

Swiss-Swedish Nobel Biocare`s Teeth-in-an-Hour implant system may carry more risk of complications than conventional methods, an abstract of a study by Sweden`s Karolinska Institutet showed on Saturday. The study examined 31 patients treated using the method, which uses computer modeling to reduce implant installation time and showed that complications such as the loss of fixtures and the need for adjustments arose for nearly a third. Nine percent of the 175 fixtures examined were lost, said Bjorn Klinge, professor of periodontology

MIS Implant`s Abrahmi Drill Kit

MIS Implant Technologies Ltd.`s Abrahmi Drill Guide Kit is a drill guide kit that allows for optimal inter-implant spacing, angulation and parallelism. The kit contains several spacers which the surgeon can select to determine the inter-implant distance. The device features several drill sleeves of different diameters which ensure parallelism of the implants.

Stoma Instrument`s Implant Surgical Guide and Positioning System

Stoma has introduced an innovative kit to allow for optimal implant positioning and spacing. The system consists of two sets of seating sleeves with increasing diameters, 5 fixation pins and 3 straight and angled bone spreading instruments. The seating sleeves are used to plan the optimal implant diameter for a particular surgical site. They are also useful for determing the proper interproximal spacing in areas where multiple adjacent implants are planned.

Mectron Piezoelectric Bone Surgery System

Mectron`s piezon-electric surgery system can be used for osteotomies and osteoplasty in implantology. Additionally it can be used in periodontal, endodontic and surgical orthodontics. It`s selective cutting action allows for mimimal soft tissue damage, especially useful for opening sinus windows during lateral sinus lift procedures. This unit comes with an array of handpiece tips designed for an array of surgical procedures.

Z-System`s All Zirconium Implants and Surgical Instruments

Z-Systems has introduced a completely metal-free implant and set of surgical instruments for placement of these implants made from 95% Ziconium dioxide and 5% Yttrium tri-oxide. Zirconium is one of five metals shown to support osseointegration (the others are: Titanium, Niobium, Tantalum and Platinum). This new approach has been certified for use in Germany, but FDA clearance for use in the United States is planned. A few animal and human based studies suggest that the bone-to-implant contact percentages (a measure

BTI Bone Expander Drills

B.T.I. has introduced a bone expander drill set. It uses a set of four wedge-shaped bone expanders to expand alveolar bone and condense bone in sites with low bone density. The rotary motion of either an implant handpiece or a torgue wrench is used to slowly expand the bone instead of using the more traditional osteotome/bone condenser/ridge spitter and surgical mallet combination.

Z1 Conic – Zirconium Collared Titanium Implant

T.B.R Group has introduced a unique ziconium collared implant. It features one-stage titanium implant with a zirconium trans-gingival emergence collar. They claim that the Zirconia enhances the fibroblast and osteoblast cell adhesion and proliferation compared to titanium, provides for lower bacterial colonization at the collar and shows evidence of creeping attachment of the gingiva to the zirconium collar.

MIS Bone Compression / Sinus Lift System

MIS Implant Technologies Ltd`s new compression kit improves the treatment procedures for sinus lifting and soft bone compression. A simple bone compression procedure enables better implantation and better implant primary stability. The compression kit can be operated either manually or with a contra angle, according to the surgeon`s choice.

Implant Location System

Tactile Tech has introduced the Implant Location System (ILS) which applies tactile sensing technology to offer intra-oral image-guided navigation specifically for dental practitioners. It is a computer-guided sensing, navigation and guiding suite for placement of dental implants designed both for the general practitioner and the expert. It provides safety and restorative accuracy without introducing the great complexity of other navigation systems.