November 2014, Volume 10, Issue 11
Published by AEGIS Communications
Smart Hybrid Implant Prosthesis
Three distinct options for a screw-retained hybrid-type prosthesis
Six years ago, Burbank Dental Laboratory began an initiative to create a state-of-the-art milling facility to support the next generation of dental restorations. One of the primary focuses has been on milled implant bars and hybrid frames. This area of dentistry is critically important, as there will be a growing number of older patients desiring implant-supported restorations. The population older than 65 is the most rapidly growing segment in America. According to the Administration on Aging, this group numbered 39.6 million in 2009 and is expected to grow to 72.1 million in 2030.1
One of the key treatment modalities for many of these patients is the implant-supported, screw-retained hybrid prosthesis. Burbank’s Smart 1 implant restorations support practically every implant platform and offer three distinct solutions for the “hybrid” restoration category.
Smart 1 Solutions
The first option is a pink acrylic and denture tooth prosthesis with titanium substructure. The most cost effective option, it can be repaired much like a denture. It is the best solution when opposing denture or natural teeth.
The second option is a chrome/cobalt substructure with pink and tooth-colored ceramic build-up. Durable and highly cosmetic, it is the best solution when opposing ceramic restorations, especially fixed implant-supported restorations. Of the three Smart 1 implant solutions, it represents the mid-cost option.
The third option is a full-arch, full-zirconia, screw-retained prosthesis available with both Prettau® and Burbank Dental Laboratory’s Zir-MAX.M zirconia. Very durable and “metal-free,” this option can be layered or monolithic, and may achieve outstanding durability with monolithic zirconia option. When greater esthetics are desired, they can be achieved with layered porcelains. This option is the best solution when opposing ceramics, especially fixed-implant restorations. When premium esthetics are desired, Zir-MAX.M is a more cost-effective way to take advantage of a fully metal-free hybrid-type restorative option.
Guided Surgery Support
An important component of Burbank’s services is strong support for digital workflow options involving computed tomography (CT)/digital planning for guided implant surgery. Burbank is currently working with affiliates to assist dental practices in using CT technology as well as digital implant planning and fabrication of guided surgery appliances.
“Burbank Dental Laboratory is on the cutting edge of technology, when it comes to CT-based implant dentistry, and creating excellent implant supported restorations of all types,” said Scott Adishian, DDS, of Pasadena, California.
Burbank’s Smart 1 Implant Restorations provide the advantage of working through the whole fabrication process, from planning to final restorations. Burbank Dental Laboratory embodies the term “Full Service Lab,” providing seamless integration from planning and bar fabrication to final restorations.
1. Aging statistics. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging website. www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics. Accessed October 1, 2014.
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