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BioImplant`s CAD/CAM Immediate Implant – A New Paradigm?

BioImplant, an Austrian company, has developed the BioImplant, a CAD/CAM Zirconium implant used in immediate placement. The hopeless tooth is extracted gently by means of a periotome to avoid any damage to the extraction socket, which is to be used as implant site. Particular care has to be taken not to destroy the thin buccal cortical bone. The root of the extracted tooth or an impression of the extraction socket serves as basis for the production of the individualized immediate

Laser Melting produces Custom Fit Bone Replacement Graft

The body can heal minor bone injuries itself – but with major injuries, it needs help. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have developed a process called Selective Laser Melting (SLM) by which a razor-thin laser beam melts pulverized material layer-by-layer to produce structures that may be as delicate as 80 to 100 micrometers. The porous canals create a lattice structure which the adjacent bones can grow into. Its basic structure consists of the synthetic polylactide, or PLA

Why Oral Pain is Difficult to Locate Accurately

To see how the brain responds to pain emanating from different teeth, researchers led by Clemens Forster of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany used fMRI to monitor changes in activity when the upper tooth or the lower tooth was zapped. “At the beginning, we expected a good difference, but that was not the case,” Forster says. Because the same regions were active in both toothaches, the brain — and the person — couldn’t tell where the pain was coming

German Court Dismisses Materialise`s Injunction Against Nobel Biocare`s NobelGuide

A court in Germany has dismissed a request from Belgian dental implant software maker Materialise for an injunction against a Nobel Biocare software product, NobelGuide. Belgium software maker, Materialise had alleged the updated version of Nobel Biocare`s NobelGuide software infringed one of its patents, a spokesman for Nobel Biocare told Reuters on Wednesday. The Duesseldorf district court decided that the NobelGuide software does not infringe the Belgian company`s patent. The updated version had been introduced as a response to last

Straumann to test Mussel-Based Implant Adhesive Coating

Over the course of evolution mussels have developed a special glue that not only works under water, but is also a particularly firm and lasting bonding agent. The strength of the bond is due to a particular protein. Dr. Klaus Rischka, a chemist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Materials Research IFAM in Bremen and his partners at Frankfurt University Hospital, the Center of Biotechnical Engineering BitZ at Darmstadt University of Technology, the State Materials Testing Institute

Ziterion Implants – Ti or Zr – One Design

Ziterion of Germany has released a new one-piece implant design `Zit-Implants` that feature exactly the same implant design but are made from either Titanium or Zirconium. The surgical protocol is identical for both implants and allows the surgeon to decide on the material to be used for the implants at the time of implant placement.

SKY Implant System – Titanium or Zirconium Options

Bredent Medical of Germany have designed an implant system which allows the use of either a titanium or a zirconium implant. The surgical instruments are the same in either case. Their zirconium based `White-Sky` implant is made from `brezirkon` and is of the one-piece implant and abutment design. The implants come in 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5 mm diameters with lengths from 8-12mm.

Trinon`s Short Q-Implant

Trinon has designed a series of extremely short, but wide implants designed for use in areas of limited alveolar height. This design is appropriate for severely atrophied, but wide lower and upper jaw architectures. Insertion is via trephine use and are very appropriate for internal sinus lift use. The implants range in size from 4mm to 7mm in height.

Drug Delivering Prosthetic Implant

The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT in Germany have developed a dental prosthesis consisting of a drug-filled reservoir, a valve, two sensors and several electronic components. Saliva enters the reservoir via a membrane, dissolves part of the solid drug and flows through a small duct into the mouth cavity, where it is absorbed by the mucous membranes in the patient’s cheeks. The duct is fitted with two sensors that monitor the amount of medicine being released into the body.

Sirona`s Galileos Implant Planning Software

Sirona have received the FDA`s 510K approval for their Galileos 3D X-ray imaging system. This system uses a Cone Beam-based technology that calculates a large volume 3D image set, more than 200 exposures, in a single low-dose 3D scan of 15 seconds or less. This 3D image set is processed and presented in the new GALILEOS software, an advanced extension of Sirona’s SIDEXIS XG imaging software.

Balloon Lift Control by Meisinger

Meisinger has released their balloon based sinus lift system. It uses a system of precision drills and drill guides to allow the introduction of a saline-filled balloon into the sinus. This balloon is then filled to gently push the sinus up. They report up to 10mm of lift height with minimal invasiveness.

copgiX® A 2D planning and diagnostic system

IVS Solutions AG has released a 2-dimensional implant placement planner that uses panoromic and peri-apical xrays for the implantologist to design the type and position of the implant(s). The software then produces a surgical plan which lists the implants planned for placement as well as an image of the planned implant positioned on the xray.

PEEK Customized Healing Abutment

BEGO Implant Systems GmbH & Co has designed a customizable healing abutment designed to shape the soft tissue. By customizing the PEEK blank at the chairside the emergence profile can be shaped, elliptical or even triangular, depending on the circumferential shape of the tooth that is to be replaced. It is made of a high-strength and completely biocompatible plastic abutment made of (implantable) polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK). This material is trimmed into the required shape with the handpiece at the chairside and

RoboDent GmbH`s LapDoc Implant Navigation System

RoboDent`s navigation and implant placement planning software works with its Lapdoc system to give realtime visual feedback on the angle, depth and direction of implant placement. It uses 5mm titanium microspheres attached to the handpiece to track the position of the drill tip in realtime allowing the implantologist to see the depth and angle of implant placement.

A. Titan Instrument`s Easy X-Trac System

A. Titan has introduced an innovative system for atraumatic extractions. This system uses a pin placed in the tooth to be extracted`s root canal and then uses a rachet to pull the tooth out of the alveolus, thereby avoiding the rotational forces usually placed on the alveolus by conventional extraction methods. By removing the tooth in an atraumatic fashion, immediate implant placement is more feasible.

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.

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