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Inside Dentistry
October 2015
Volume 11, Issue 10

Overdenture Implants: A Less Invasive, More Affordable Solution

Revealing two implant systems designed for securing overdentures

Despite significant growth in the number of edentulous patients, only a small percentage of denture wearers retain their prosthesis with dental implants. These patients represent an enormous untapped opportunity for several reasons:

• Financial limitations: Fixed incomes limit the viability of fixed restorations and more complex overdenture solutions.
• Anatomy: Years of living with removable dentures, and/or genetics result in ridges that are too narrow to support standard diameter implants.
• Procedural complexity: The invasiveness, additional time, and added cost of bone augmentation procedures reduce case acceptance.

New Solutions for Overdenture Retention

ZEST Anchors, the market leader in overdenture attachments, offers two new, innovative implant systems specifically engineered to be permanent solutions for overdenture retention and meet the needs of this large patient population. The LOCATOR® Overdenture Implant (LODI) System and the SATURNO™ Narrow Diameter Implant (SNDI) System are the next generation of narrow-diameter implants for securing overdentures.

The LODI System

The LODI System consists of a two-piece design incorporating the industry’s gold standard LOCATOR Attachment System and an innovative narrow-diameter implant body design. This provides an ideal treatment option for patients with severe resorption that results in very narrow ridges for implant placement. By incorporating the sought after features of LOCATOR, clinicians have the ability to accommodate for up to 40° of draw correction between implants, and customize retention levels based on the number of implants and/or patient preference.

The SNDI System

The SNDI System features the same innovative narrow-diameter implant design as LODI, however it is a one-piece implant with an O-Ball connection featuring a patented, pivoting cap technology similar to the function of LOCATOR. This technology may result in less wear of O-Rings and assists the patient with seating the overdenture where a convergence/divergence between implants may exist. The SNDI System also has a 20° O-Ball implant option allowing for placement following the natural slope of the maxillary ridge.

Removing Treatment Barriers

Both systems offer various implant diameters, lengths, and cuff heights for treatment flexibility; this coupled with value conscious packaging offers solutions to address the common complaints edentulous patients have with more complex overdenture solutions:

• Financial limitations: By incorporating value conscious packaging and a lower price than other options, LODI and SNDI can be very appealing to patients with limited finances.
• Anatomical limitations: Narrow-diameter implants (less than 3 mm) such as the LODI and SNDI often can be placed where other larger diameters cannot.
• Procedural complexity: The LODI and SNDI can accommodate a minimally invasive surgical procedure and may be placed flapless if indicated, without grafting or bone augmentation.

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ZEST Anchors

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