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.
DenX`s innovative CT-image driven implant planning and placement system, `IGI`, was recently honoured with a Medical Design Excellence Award. IGI allows a virtual implant to be placed on the CT image with the assistance of advanced planning tools. During the surgical procedure, the clinician guides the implant to the precise location, angle and depth required according to the plan. Real-time localization feedback assisted by audio and visual media allows the clinician to monitor the success of the procedure and avoid
Straumann has filed a US patent application for a Peek/Titanium composite one-piece Implant. This implant design features an outer titanium shell (label 1 and 2) and an inner core made of PEEK (label 3 and 4). This designs claims the aesthetic advantage of the white-coloured PEEK at the collar and abutment with the proven osseointegration properties of titanium. This is an interesting design response to the number of zirconium collar (TBR Group) and all zirconium implant (Z-Systems) designs.
MIS has introduced a ceramic composite (Zirconium / Yttrium / Aluminium) drills in 2.0 mm, 2.1 mm and 2.8 mm diameter. They reportedly feature reduced vibration and smoother operation. One important property that Zirconium drills claim over stainless-steel drills is that they maintain their sharp edge for an extended period.
Thommen Medical has introduced their SPI MONO torque ratchet. It is manufactured from a solid billet of titanium. It has a torque range of 10Ncm to 35Ncm in 5 Ncm increments. The one-piece construction simplifies regular maintenance as there are no parts to disassemble for cleaning and no lubrication is required.
Straumann has filed a US patent application for a root-form implant with an asymmetrical shoulder. It appears similar to their current TE implant design, with the addition of a sloping shoulder configuration higher on the palatal side and lower on the facial side. This may be their design response to NobelBiocare`s Nobel Perfect implant originally patented by Dr. Wohrle.
Nobel Biocare has introduced an improvement to their Ti-Unite Surface. By placing micro grooves on the surface they claim to increase the implant stability by up to 30% thereby allowing for more rapid bone formation. This surface improvement takes a mechanical approach to increase Bone-to-Implant Contact as opposed to the chemical surface modification`s introduced by Astra (Osseospeed) and Straumann (SLAtive), their main competitors.
NSK has introduced several improved features to their implantology handpiece and motor system. The `Surgic XT Plus` features a fiber-optic handpiece to illuminate the osteotomy site and a torque calibration feature to ensure precise speed and torque during surgery.
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
Kavo has introduced an innovative implantology handpiece with a fiber-optic light. This is a part of their Intrasurg 300+ implant motor and handpiece set. It also boasts a torque measuring feature to aid in immediate placement and immediate load decision making.