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OT CAP Spherical and EQUATOR Threaded Attachments
Innovative options for the best treatment plan solutions
This case details the prosthetic rehabilitation of an edentulous mandible using four implants for fabrication of a removable implant supported overdenture using Rhein83’s new OT EQUATOR for CAD/CAM milled implant bars. Developed in conjunction with innovations in CAD/CAM technology and upgraded materials, Rhein’83 has expanded their standard OT CAP and OT EQUATOR lines to include threaded interchangeable attachments, available in a 2 mm thread and a 1.6 mm thread. Both spherical (ball) attachments are available in either 2.5 mm standard or 1.8 mm micro versions. The universal 2 mm threaded OT CAP and OT Equator attachments are indicated for use with milled CAD/ CAM bars already threaded by the milling center. For this step by step procedure (shown), the 1.6 mm thread OT CAP attachments feature a corresponding sleeve, which is fabricated in the laboratory using the standard wax technique and bonded into the site of the cast or milled CAD/CAM bar.
All Rhein83 threaded attachment systems offer a wide range of retentive caps color-coded for retention and functionality. These caps are placed into titanium or stainless steel housing and cured into the metal frame or denture. During the bars’ wax fabrication, metal spacers are positioned into the wax, and later removed (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Attachments are screwed into the sleeve using the corresponding screwdriver. There are separate sizes for the OT CAP Micro, OT CAP Normal, and EQUATOR Threaded Components. Proper tools for both the OT CAP and OT EQUATOR systems, such as parallelometer keys and caps, as well as the insertion tools necessary to obtain a correct insertion should be used.
With its 2.1 mm vertical height and 4.4 mm width, the OT EQUATOR is currently the lowest profile attachment on the market for optimal retention. Along with Rhein83‘s standard spherical line, dental technicians have a wide range of solutions and the option of CAD/CAM applications with the inclusion of Rhein83 products offered in many CAD software modules. Whether creating an economical cast bar using the wax technique or a CAD/CAM milled bar, Rhein83 solutions result in a highly precise interchangeable attachment (Figure 3 through Figure 14).
The threaded sleeve is the same for all three types of attachments. This allows technicians to adapt the prosthetic case to their work style (Figure 15) while allowing for the easy removable and replacement of parts if should there be wear or damage over the life of the device.
Gianni Storni, MDT is the vice president of Rhein83.
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