Here's a look at 10 of the best implant products from the past year.
By now we are aware of the advances made in dental implants in recent years. Gone are the days when predictable success rates were a stretch and placing implants was too difficult for most dentists. Advances in materials, tools, imaging, and technology have made dental implants the best choice for many patients who have suffered tooth loss. The benefits of dental implants include improved speech and appearance, durability, patient comfort, easier eating, and heightened self-esteem—all providing a better quality of life.
Here we look at 10 of the best implant products from the past year.
[ IMPLANT SYSTEM ]
Sterngold Total Smile
Sterngold Total Smile™ (STS™) is intended to offer a new range of treatment opportunities for patients and more cost-effectiveness for the practice. To do this, Sterngold has combined its implant solutions with attachment options and its digital solutions. The STS workflow is a fully comprehensive system to assist in saving costs for dental professionals and patients. This system was designed during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a single source with affordability.
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Quicr Quantum Implant Cementer
Designed for dental practices and labs, the Quicr Quantum Implant Cementer offers the correct seating and cementing of crowns and abutments, saving time. It comes in 3 parts—A, B, and C—that are easily assembled. Piece B screws into piece A and the Tibase/Abutment is quickly placed on part A/B. The abutment and crown are then treated and cement is mixed and placed on the Tibase/Abutment. The crown can then be placed on the abutment and held in place with Piece C.
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Straumann® TLX Implant
The design of the Straumann TLX Implant considers key biological principles of hard and soft tissue healing. It is designed to reduce the risk of inflammation and bone resorption as the implant-abutment interface is moved away from the bone, and it complements the company’s bone-level BLX Implant System. Both systems use a common drill set and TorcFit connection for maximum compatibility with minimum investment. It is designed for outstanding long-term results.
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FirstPlug is a patented medical-grade polytetrafluoroethylene material designed to be placed into the screw channel of implant restorations. FirstPlug is said to be engineered for safety and efficiency and eliminates the need for industrial pipe thread tape (Teflon), cotton pellets, gutta-percha, and silicone. It is manufactured in the United States following strict protocols and quality systems. It can also be autoclaved in the dental practice.
[ OVERDENTURE TREATMENT SOLUTION ]
ENCOMPASS is an overdenture treatment solution designed to reduce patient visits while providing customized overdentures. This cloud-based digital workflow is said to increase efficiency for patient and clinician to streamline the overdenture process. The bundle includes all the necessary tools to provide a digital workflow and enhanced case planning. Each ENCOMPASS bundle box can assist in providing better outcomes and comfort for patients.
[ IMPLANT DRIVER SET ]
Implant Buddy Driver Kit
This driver kit is designed to make implant procedures more convenient, holding long and short drivers that are color coded for visibility. Its tapered driver tips offer a strong implant screw connection, and the thumb knob fits directly into torque drivers. The kit fits short drivers up to 23 mm (shaft length of 16 mm) and long drivers up to 39 mm (shaft length of 32 mm).
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The matrix® implant is designed for new digital manufacturing technologies such as CAD/CAM milling or 3D printing. This allows for the planning of dentures directly on the implant—for single crowns, multipart bars and bridges, or full arches— without the need for an abutment. It is also designed to offer no restriction on angulation and indication, no need for cementation, and the option to digitally plan 100% patient-specific emergence profiles, which guarantee optimal durability and esthetics. In addition to detailed process validation of software and machine, several materials were validated. In the future, it will be possible to fabricate high-precision crowns from Zolid DRS or Zolid Gen-X directly on the implant.
[ SURGERY NAVIGATION SYSTEM ]
ClaroNav has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration for the third generation of Navident. This expands the earlier clearance of Navident to include guiding the treatments of fully edentulous jaws, using additional CT-to-jaw registration methods, and includes a set of reusable accessories supporting these methods. Navident 3 dental surgery navigation system’s increased versatility enables it to guide the drilling for implant placement in practically any jaw, and reduces presurgical preparation time and procedure costs. The innovative registration methods include trace registration, touch registration, and NaviBite registration.
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Dental Planning System
Carestream Dental expanded its implant portfolio with Swissmeda Dental Planning System (DPS) to give clinicians, labs, dental service organizations, and implant companies an easier surgical design process, faster turnaround, and better outcomes. DPS’ built-in communication tools are said to make it easy to seek feedback from referrals or labs. The drilling templates feature a lightweight wire frame designed to provide good visibility during surgery. Carestream integrated a Swissmeda export button within its imaging software, enabling users to directly interface with surgical planning software. Swissmeda accepts image files from most manufacturers’ CBCT systems and intraoral scanners.
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T3® PRO Tapered Implant & Encode® Emergence Healing Abutment
ZimVie’s T3® PRO Tapered Implant and Encode® Emergence Healing Abutment have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and will add to ZimVie’s expansive line of dental implant and abutment solutions. The T3 PRO will build on the original T3 Tapered Implant, launched in 2013, and the Encode Emergence Healing Abutment will work with ZimVie’s 3-in-1 Encode Impression System. The T3 PRO is designed with a hybrid surface and an Osseotite® surface on the implant collar that is superimposed on the grit-blasted implant body. Osseotite has clinically shown high safety and performance, while preserving crestal bone, according to ZimVie. Encode Emergence is a healing abutment, impression coping, and scan body designed to provide efficiency with its robust, 3-in-1 solution.