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

Nobel Biocare’s All-on-3 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 placement process using an innovative universal ball-joint design to a pre-manufactured arch bar. The innovative universal joint can accommodate up to 4 degrees of angular deviation, 0.4mm of horizontal deviation and 0.5mm of vertical deviation. This state of the art system enables many benefits for the dental professional, as it allows teeth

Watch Sales Recovery May Be A Good Signal for Dental Implants

Dental implant makers lost their shine as a recession-proof investment during the global crisis, which turned fixing smiles into a luxury for consumers who struggled to pay for non-essential work on their mouths. “In spite of their rather functional nature, implants are similar to luxury goods in the sense that they are expensive, discretionary items,” Jefferies analyst Stephan Gasteyger said. The dental implant market earned a reputation for being recession-proof by maintaining double-digit growth rates in prior downturns, but the

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.

Thommen Medical releases new Implant Packaging – APLIQUIQ

Swiss implant manufacturer, Thommen Medical, have developed a new implant packaging system which allows chairside surface conditioning of their implant. The applicator makes effective chairside surface conditioning fast and intuitive. In a matter of seconds, the conditioning agent contained in the applicator hydroxylates the implant surface to achieve the super-hydrophilic INICELL surface. During the chairside conditioning with APLIQUIQ the surface chemistry is slightly modified by hydroxylation. The result of this process is increased surface energy and improved wettability. The superhydrophilic

BioImplant: Individualized Zirconium Dental Implants

Austrian Surgeons have designed a system to produce via CAD/CAM individualized Zirconium Dental Implants for use in case of immediate implant placement. In short, after a tooth is extracted it is scanned and a zirconium copy is milled. The milled copy has macro-retentive features which help secure the new implant in the extraction socket. They report a 90% success rate.

Straumann`s Roxolid TiZr Alloy Implant in 2009

Straumann revealed a new implant material, Roxolid [Rock-Solid], a Titanium- Zirconium alloy that is 50% stronger than pure titanium. Initial animal studies show a significant increase in removal torque values over Straumann`s current SLActive titanium implants. Human trials are underway in Europe and North America. Straumann expects to have the design released for initial markets in 2009.

Emdogain – Available in the USA again

The FDA has reinspected the BIORA facility and is satisfied with the improvements made. Because the focus of the observations was on the maintenance of quality system documentation and procedures, changes to Straumann® Emdogain, Straumann® PrefGel and Straumann® BoneCeramic were not needed in order to resolve the FDA issues. Straumann has changed the delivery mechanism of Straumann® PrefGel from a pipette to a syringe, which will help to ensure easier, more effective handling of the root conditioner.

Dark-Field Xray Imaging Improves Diagnostic Resolution

Swiss Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have developed a novel method for producing dark-field x-ray images at wavelengths used in typical medical and industrial imaging equipment. Dark-field images provide more detail than ordinary x-ray radiographs and could be used to diagnose the onset of osteoporosis, breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Unlike traditional x-ray images, which show a simple absorption contrast, dark-field images capture the scattering of the radiation within the material itself, exposing subtle inner changes in bone, soft

Nobel Vision Network – Digital Signage in the Office

Creative Marketing and Merchandising Media Solutions (c3ms), a provider of digital signage networks, recently announced the launch of the NobelVision Network throughout North America. The NobelVision Network is a customized channel of dental healthcare information specifically designed to educate the patients of Nobel Biocare`s customers on their dental options by delivering quality educational, informational and entertainment segments via an IP-based, networked narrowcast system. Presented on large flat-panel screens installed in dental offices, the NobelVision Network provides a unique opportunity for

ITI Treatment guide 2 – Loading Protocols in Partially Dentate Patients

The ITI (International Team for Implantology) has released their second hardcover treatment guide. Volume 2 of the ITI Treatment Guide deals with the clinical aspects of various treatment protocols in the anterior and posterior regions for both single- and multi-tooth gaps as well as for free-end situations. Besides an analysis of recent literature on the topic of “Loading protocols in implant dentistry”, volume 2 of the ITI Treatment Guide provides the practitioner with a framework for risk analysis and subsequent