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Dr. Andreas Koch
With a comprehensive product and solutions portfolio for all phases of implant dentistry, Dentsply Sirona Implants continually strives to improve ease of use and versatility, without compromising safety and efficacy, in order to increase the application of implant therapy.
“We know that clinicians meet patients every day with different clinical indications, for example single-tooth loss, osteoporosis, or lack of bone for successful implant treatment. With our solutions, clinicians are able to solve these various challenges and, as a result, they can deliver long-term function and esthetics to their patients,” says Dr. Björn Delin, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Dentsply Sirona Implants.
New clinical data on short implants
Short implants are a solution for patients with limited bone who are unwilling or unable to undergo bone grafting. In a recently published study led by Prof. Christoph Hämmerle from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, a randomized multicenter clinical study compared the use of short 6 mm OsseoSpeed implants (Astra Tech Implant System) with 11–15 mm implants and grafting.
In the study, the authors showed the important benefits of using OsseoSpeed short implants.1 They require a simplified surgical procedure with no need for grafting, a surgical time reduced by 30 per cent and a surgical cost reduced by 50 per cent. Patient satisfaction is higher owing to less pain and fewer complications, as well as cheaper treatment.
OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant
Marginal bone preservation is an important factor in achieving excellent aesthetic results. However, it is a clinical reality that crestal bone resorbs after tooth extraction or tooth loss. This resorption is often more pronounced on the buccal side, resulting in a lingual-to-buccal sloped ridge.
The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant is placed level with both buccal and lingual marginal bone, where the design supports the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone in the 360° around the implant. In addition, it may reduce the need for bone augmentation.
Latest clinical results on osteoporotic patients
Recently published results of a five-year study on OsseoSpeed implants concluded that female osteoporotic patients can be treated with dental implants and that the clinical outcome is expected to be as good as for nonosteoporotic women.2
Recent data indicates that patients with osteoporosis show similar good results to a control group without osteoporosis. Dental implants with the fluoride-modified, nano-structured OsseoSpeed surface were evaluated up to five years after the procedure, and the patients in the osteoporotic group showed similar good bone and soft-tissue response to the healthy control group. In both groups, the mean marginal bone loss was only 0.09 mm overall. The patients in this study had been diagnosed with osteoporosis but had not yet received bisphosphonates, medication against bone resorption.
Symbios Algipore—Proven reliability and effectiveness
Algipore originates from calcifying red algae. It is natural, bone-like, biocompatible, osteoconductive and stable during bone formation. It has a unique pore structure that promotes new bone formation for the best possible outcomes in implant treatment preparation. A plant-based bone grafting material, Algipore is a natural first choice for patients who would like to avoid xenografts and allografts. With 30 years of scientific documentation and clinical use, predictable treatment outcomes have been established for indications such as sinus grafting, augmentation in the atrophic maxilla, and filling material at periimplantitis lesions.
Symbios Biphasic Bone Graft Material
Symbios Biphasic Bone Graft Material (BGM) is a bone grafting material sourced from nature. This granule-based bone grafting material is derived from red marine algae. The composition has been specially formulated for rapid turnover as new bone forms within the graft site. Symbios Biphasic BGM has a composition of 20 per cent hydroxyapatite for space maintenance and slow resorption and 80 per cent beta-tricalcium phosphate for faster resorption. Symbios Biphasic BGM is considered a close equivalent to Symbios Algipore.
The Symbios line of products offers a variety of regenerative solutions needed to create a solid base for hard and soft-tissue growth, creating synergy between natural-looking esthetics and long-term function.
Innovations for single-tooth replacement
In addition, Azento and Acuris, two innovations from Dentsply Sirona Implants now available in Europe, help implant dentistry professionals with one of their most common indications: single-tooth replacement.
Azento is the latest digital implant workflow solution from Dentsply Sirona Implants and streamlines the implant planning, purchase and delivery of products for single-tooth replacement. For the clinician, this custom implant solution increases convenience, seamlessly and efficiently connects with qualified laboratories, and enables consistent, excellent results for patients.
Acuris is based on a conometric concept that uses friction, instead of a screw or cement, to secure the crown and the cap to the abutment in the final prosthetic part of the implant treatment. Acuris saves time, improves predictability and ensures high-quality end results in the clinic, while improving the workflow in the laboratory. With Acuris, placing the final crown takes seconds rather than minutes—one only needs to click once to place the crown with the unique Fixation tool. Additional benefits include reduced risk of complications and easier maintenance.
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