Hahn™ Tapered Implant Combines Clinical Experience With Innovative Design
As a clinician who has been placing dental implants at his Atlanta, Georgia, practice for the past 35 years, David G. Hochberg, DDS, knows a good implant system when he sees one. Through his extensive training in implantology, as well as his close, long-time relationship with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), including his role as immediate past president, he understands the full scope of implant dentistry, from the importance of receiving proper training, to choosing the right implant, to achieving optimal placement.
"During my career, I've been very fortunate to have trained with some of the pioneers in implant dentistry who have developed many of today's foremost procedures and protocols," Hochberg declares. One of his earliest mentors is Dr. Jack Hahn, the inventor of the Hahn™ Tapered Implant System by Glidewell, which Hochberg presently utilizes in his practice.
Dr. Hahn has been a key innovator in implant dentistry for the past three decades, and Hochberg believes that his latest offering, the Hahn Tapered Implant System, is his best implant yet. "Dr. Hahn understands the need for the minimization of surgical instruments and the importance of a simple, easy-to-use system, which the Hahn Tapered Implant System demonstrates. He comprehended the concept of ‘user-friendly' before it was even part of the dental lexicon," Hochberg states.
The Hahn Tapered Implant System, suggests Hochberg, whose credentials include Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, can be utilized by both clinicians who are just starting out in implant dentistry and experts like himself. "This implant offers clinical benefits to those who are simply placing them surgically, restoring them prosthetically, or performing both tasks," he says.
Among the features of the Hahn implant that Hochberg particularly touts is the resorbable blast media (RBM) surface, which is highly textured, promotes osseointegration, and, he submits, has shown well-documented success in all bone types. Additionally, he appreciates what he calls the aggressive thread design of the implant. "It's a buttress thread design that minimizes shear force and resists compressive forces," he says, adding that the implant offers excellent primary stability, allowing for immediate placement and placement in softer bone.
Also, the Hahn Tapered Implant System features a strong, stable conical internal hex prosthetic connection, which he says assists greatly in the prosthetic phase of treatment. Moreover, a color-coded platform aids in matching restorative components, and a machined collar helps facilitate soft-tissue maintenance.
Being a Glidewell product, the quality of the Hahn implant is top-notch, Hochberg says. "Although people tend to think of Glidewell as a dental laboratory, the company does tremendous research and development and fabricates component parts on many implant systems, and does it right." Made in the USA, this product is backed by years of clinical experience, he affirms.
For general practitioners looking to implement implant dentistry and, subsequently, the Hahn Tapered Implant System into their practice, Hochberg emphasizes that proper and extensive training is key. "Education starts and never stops," he proclaims. He suggests that general practitioners begin incorporating implant cases "that are in their comfort zone," and contends they'll enjoy placing the Hahn implant because "its design is exquisitely straightforward."
"I believe the future of implant dentistry is bright, and the demand for well-trained clinicians to meet the needs of aging patients will grow accordingly," Hochberg proposes. He has no doubt that the Hahn Tapered Implant System by Glidewell will be at the forefront of this growth.