Successfully integrated into the dental mainstream: A roundup of dental implant systems

October 29, 2019

Volume 53, Issue 11

The concept of embedding a foreign object into a person’s jaw to replace a missing tooth goes back approximately 4,000 years. But it’s in the last half century that dental implants made their massive leap forward to really make improvements on patients’ health and quality of life.

Whether it’s a single implant to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple implants to support a larger restoration, dental implants are now one of the most effective ways to restore patients’ form and function.

In the early days of implant dentistry, these solutions were placed by oral surgery specialists who focused time and training to become experts on these procedures. Today patients expect implants as an option and they are placed by specialists and GPs alike. With newer technologies, including 3D treatment planning and surgical guide systems, dental implants are easier than ever to place, and more clinicians and patients are enjoying the benefits.

The following pages provide a look at some of the many available dental implant systems, as well as some facts and details about the features and technologies helping these tiny solutions become a huge part of modern dentistry.

Touareg CloseFit™ 

  • A spiral implant system with a stable conical-hex connection designed to minimize movement between the implant and the abutment

  • The tapered core implant features an innovative tip and double lead thread designed to enable bone slicing and provide strength and stability

  • Features a biocompatible and osseoconductive OsseoFix™ surface for optimal osseointegration

  • Designed for high primary stability and immediate loading in all bone types

ADIN Dental Implant Systems

972-4-9116133  |  adin-implants.com

Tapered Blue Magic Implant 

  • An economical implant option with the same geometry as the Zimmer Ezetic implant

  • Implant includes titanium first stage surgical cover screw

  • Surgical driver can also serve as impression coping, temporary abutment or final abutment

American Dental Implant Corporation

800-511-0661  |  americandentalimplant.com

SHORT® Dental Implants 

  • Maximize implant placement options and minimize the need for bone 

  • Designed to transfer the occlusal forces on the prosthesis to surrounding bone

  • The plateau or fin design offers at least 30 percent more surface area than a screw implant of the same dimensions

  • Designed to make implant procedures simple and more predictable

  • Available in 5 mm and 6 mm lengths in widths ranging from 3 mm to 6 mm

Bicon

800-882-4266  |  bicon.com

Tapered Pro Implants 

  • Designed for predictable results and immediate loading

  • The tapered body and aggressive threads reportedly provide primary stability

  • An end cutting, self-tapping thread design is said to facilitate controlled implant placement in challenging sites

  • The reduced collar diameter is designed to help preserve vital bone

  • Laser-Lok microchannels create connective tissue attachment and retain crestal bone, allowing better control of esthetic outcomes

BioHorizons

888-246-8338  |  biohorizons.com

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The history of Dental implants

  • Approximately 2,000 B.C.: Evidence found in China indicates people used bamboo pegs to replace missing teeth

  • Approximately 650 C.E.: Evidence discovered in Mayan ruins indicates the use of carved seashells to replace missing teeth with some shells showing integration with the jawbone

  • 1886: A platinum disc with a mounted porcelain crown was attempted as an implant, but failed due to a lack of osseointegration

  • 1913: Dr. E.J. Greenfield pioneers endosseous implants with the implantation of iridio-platinum cylinders with 24-carat gold overlays

  • 1930s: Drs. Alan Strock and Moses Strock begin using dental implants made of biocompatible vitallium 

  • 1940s: The spiral (i.e. screw) design of dental implants is developed by Dr. Manlio Formiggini and Dr. F. Zepponi who used stainless steel as their implant material

  • 1952: Oral surgeon Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered the osseointegrative properties of titanium while conducting research with rabbits

  • 1965: Gösta Larsson becomes the first modern dental implant patient as he volunteered to have Dr. Brånemark place his newly designed dental implant concept into his edentulous jaw. This implant continued to serve Larsson for more than 40 years until his death in 2006

  • 1974: The first ceramic dental implant, an alumina implant called the Tübingen, was launched but was quickly removed from the market due to poor survival rates

  • 2005: The first zirconia dental implants launch in Europe

  • 2011: Zirconia dental implants are FDA approved and available in the United States

ETII Implant System

  • Designed to provide comfortable, safe, and effective implant treatment

  • Features a sand-blasted and acid-etched surface and biocompatible titanium construction

  • The straight body allows for insertion depth adjustments

  • The thread design is said to offer improved initial stability and powerful self-threading

  • Small corkscrew thread reportedly provides increased stability in soft bone

HIOSSEN

888-678-0001  |  hiossen.com

simplyInterActive™ Dental Implant System 

  • Two-piece implants designed for both single-stage or two-stage surgical procedures

  • Includes two restorative platforms across four implant diameters ranging from 3.2 mm to 5.0 mm

  • Features a 12° conical connection

  • Micro-grooves and micro-threads on coronal aspect designed to increase bone-implant contact (BIC) and long-term stability in crestal bone area

  • Progressively-deeper buttress threads designed for increased BIC, which can improve primary stability in low-density bone

Implant Direct

888-649-6425  |  implantdirect.com

AnyOne® Implant System 

  • Designed for a simplified surgical protocol 

  • Features Xpeed® calcium titanate nano-structure technology designed to eliminates acid residue

  • AnyOne fixtures have wide parallel wall design for enhanced fracture resistance

  • Diverse prosthetic options with a single prosthetic connection for all fixture sizes and an 11-degree internal hex connection

  • Depth of fixture positioning is easier to control due to the straight upper portion of the fixture

  • Crestal bone loss is minimized by reducing stress in the cortical bone

Integrated Dental Systems

866-277-5662  |  idsimplants.com

Engage™ Plus 

  • Expansion of the Engage bone level implant system featuring a 1 mm machine-finished collar to bring the implant-abutment junction above the crest of bone

  • Its aufer tip and mini-cortico threads in a unique pattern reportedly lock into bone for rapid fixation

  • Available in 4.0 mm, 5.0 mm and 6.0 mm sizes with the two larger sizes designed for platform switching

  • The universal hex connection matches other OCO implant systems

OCO Biomedical

800-228-0477  |  ocobiomedical.com

Astra Tech Implant EV 

  • A revised implant design features a deeper implant thread apically for enhanced primary stability and implant handling

  • Builds on the properties of previous Astra Tech Implant systems 

  • A wide range of implant sizes, lengths and designs are available

  • Designed for simplified surgical protocols, the implants can be placed with a flexible drilling protocol

  • Compatible with a range of restorative options

Dentsply Sirona

844-848-0137   |  dentsplysirona.com

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NobelPearl 

  • A two-piece ceramic implant solution featuring a cement-free Inter-X internal connection and a carbon fiber-reinforced-PEEK VICARBO® screw

  • A white, zirconia implant, it is designed to support a natural soft-tissue appearance

  • Zirconia may promote microcirculatory dynamics in peri-implant mucosa 

  • The hydrophilic sand-blasted and acid-etched ZERAFIL™ surface is designed for optimal osseointegration

  • Milled from hot isostatic-pressed (HIP) zirconia blanks for consistent geometry and high strength

Nobel Biocare

800-322-5001  |  nobelbiocare.com

Shatkin One Piece Mini Implant 

  • One piece tapered abutment for fixed application

  • Blossom threads at apical portion for better bone cutting 

  • Micro threads at abutment end and platform switching promoting bone healing and long term bone stability 

  • Ossean surface for faster osseointegration

  • Available in 2.5-mm diameter and various lengths

Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.

888-474-2854  |  ShatkinFIRST.com

INVERTA™ Implant 

  • The Body Shift™ design creates a chamber for bone growth in the inverted coronal segment of the implant to reportedly enhance esthetic outcomes

  • The wider apical portion is designed to allow primary stability for immediate placement

  • Features a Sinergy™ Surface treatment

  • Fabricated from high-strength, Grade 4 titanium

Southern Implants

561-472-0990  |  southernimplants.com

MOR® Mini Implant System 

  • Mini dental implant system designed to make it easier and less invasive to place and immediately load implants

  • Available in three diameters, 2.1 mm, 2.4 mm, and 3.0 mm

  • Available in 10 mm, 13 mm, 15 mm, and 18 mm lengths

  • Features a SGE surface treatment

  • Well suited for denture connection or crown and bridge fixation

Sterngold

800-243-9942  |  sterngold.com

Quadro Spiral Implant (QSI) System 

  • Manufactured using an industry standard Grade 5 Titanium (Ti6AL4V) for enhanced strength

  • Implants feature a roughened surface prepared with a well-documented SB/LA surface preparation for enhanced bone and soft tissue response

  • Apical Blades for redirection and angle adjustment for parallelism during insertion

  • Broader square threads in the implant’s upper body increase surface area and decrease bone stress while transitioning to sharper threads for self-tapping

  • Micro-Grooves are designed to add a greater surface area and reduce crestal bone stress

Ritter Dental

855-807-8111  |  ritterimplants.com

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V3 

  • Compression-free gaps in the coronal area help form blood clots to enhance integration and bone growth

  • The triangular neck design is said to provide high immediate crestal stability

  • The 12° conical connection is designed to provide an optimal implant-abutment connection and features built-in platform switching

  • Micro-rings on the neck of the implant are designed to facilitate an increase in bone to implant contact (BIC)

  • Sandblasted and acid etched to produce surface roughness and micro-morphology for enhanced osseointegration

MIS Implants

866-797-1333  |  mis-implants.com

OKTAGON® Implant System 

  • Available in tissue level, bone level, or bone level tapered

  • Manufactured from grade-4 titanium

  • Sandblasted, acid-etched surface

  • Built-in platform shift on all bone level and bone level tapered implants

Henry Schein Dental

800-372-4346  |  henryschein.com/dental

T3® Implants 

  • Designed to preserve tissue for optimal esthetic outcomes

  • Contemporary hybrid surface provided by complex multi-surface topography and an average mean surface roughness value of 1.4 μm in the threaded portion of the implant

  • The implant-abutment interface is designed to be stable and tight to minimize abutment micromotion and potential microleakage

  • Integrated platform switching medializes the implant/abutment junction (IAJ) inward, to create a biologic width between connective tissue and the IAJ

Zimmer-Biomet

800-342-5454  |  zimmerbiometdental.com

Straumann® BLX Implant System 

  • Reduced neck diameter designed to decrease crestal bone stress

  • Fabricated from Roxolid® alloy made of zirconium and titanium

  • Features SLActive® surface treatment for enhanced osseointegration

  • Thread design cuts and collects bone chips and distributes them around the implant body

  • Bi-directional cutting design provides greater control during placement

  • A variable thread design for enhanced stability with deep apical threads for immediate engagement

Straumann

800-448-8168  |  straumann.com

LOCATOR® Overdenture Implant System

  • A permanent two-piece implant solution featuring the LOCATOR Attachment System

  • Available in narrow or standard ridge diameters

  • Well suited to provide anchorage for implant-retained, tissue-supported overdentures

  • Implants feature reduced vertical height and an aggressive thread design for primary stability

  • The implants are self-tapping for ease of insertion

  • Features a RBM Roughened Surface

Zest Dental

800-262-2310  |  zestdent.com

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Step aside humans, robots are here to help place implants

While there are a range of guided implant options from placement guides to live, on-screen navigation guides, the Yomi Robotic Dental System is currently the only FDA-cleared robotic device for dental implant surgery. Here’s a look at the system:

Yomi Robotic Dental System 

Designed to allow clinicians to place implants with a simple, digital workflow, Yomi provides real-time, multi-sensory guidance to help clinicians place implants with a high level of precision. The robotic system provides visual and audio feedback and physical cues that guide the surgeon to the precise implant location and angulation and then maintains the optimized handpiece trajectory. The system tracks patient movements and stops when the implant is at the desired depth. A graphic display also helps clinicians stay on the treatment plan. While Yomi guides the clinician, the system does not take control away from the surgeon and allows for intraoperative adjustments.

Neocis, Inc.

855-963-6247  |  neocis.com

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