DENTIST’S GUIDE TO PLACING IMPLANTS IN SIMPLE CASES
By Charles A. Babbush, DDS., MScD.
A simple implant is one that has obtained a simplistic design, which is state of the art, using cutting edge technologies and materials to cover a broad range of typical applications. It should be an implant which can be utilized by the vast majority of dentists to restore the simple clinical cases ranging from single tooth to full arch edentulous patients and/or soon to be partially or totally edentulous.
A typical simple implant solution may involve an existing tooth which can no longer be restored or maintained. This dental unit may have fractured, has extensive decay or can no longer be maintained due to periodontal involvement. The tooth can be extracted, and in what at times can be a lower risk approach, a bone graft plug can be used as the optimal socket preservation technique, with the dentist preparing the crestal ridge with a more flattened topography for presumptively an easier implant placement. In addition, this simple case may also be one with a healing virgin area of bone from either a congenitally missing tooth or a healed extraction site
Using a drill-based solution often precludes the necessity to open a flap, thus simplifying the process. A drill system with built in stops, further reduces the risk of drilling too deep. The Zuga implant system is such a drill-based solution that simplifies the surgical procedure into 7 easy steps.
The Zuga implant system uses bone level implants, with built-in platform switching, and thus are designed to maintain crestal bone heights as well as soft tissue retention for a more natural esthetic result.
A conical low angle taper design, which approximates a modified morse like taper with an internal hex connection, offers a tight and secure position of the abutment allowing the Zuga implant to achieve higher fatigue strength while preventing leakage. The Zuga tapered cylinder shaped implant body with half circle thread(s) allows for self-tapping insertion which produces increased initial stability, due to expansion of the approximating bone as well as gradually condensing of the surrounding bone. Zuga’s patent-pending margin ring reduces the number of restorative steps while improving the esthetics at the margin.
Example of site pre-surgery, post placement, post restoration:
In summary, we have presented an implant case, using Zuga Medical drill-based tools to place a bone level implant. With appropriate training, any dentist can place simple implants in a similar environment.