Andover, Massachusetts – By the year 2020, it is estimated that some 38 million adults in the U.S. will be in need of 1 or 2 complete dentures.1 Traditionally, people suffering from severely damaged, "hopeless" dentition had little alternative than to have their remaining teeth removed and replace them with traditional dentures. The functional limitations and low self-esteem associated with unanchored dentures are well known and well documented.
The introduction of dental implants with anchored removable dentures made a tremendous difference in terms of oral health and quality of life, but for many patients these LOCATOR® retained restorations are not ideal replacements for their lost teeth.
The advent of full-arch restorations fixed to dental implants is a game-changer for many patients. Implant surfaces that accelerate healing times can offer tooth replacement solutions that are rapid, provide immediate function, and cause minimal disruption to the patient’s daily life.
Straumann® Pro Arch is a comprehensive solution that includes implants, abutments, CAD/CAM frameworks and sleek prosthetic components that enable clinicians and dental technicians to provide accelerated fixed full-arch treatments. Andy Molnar, Executive Vice President North America, remarks: “Our goal is to go beyond products and create smiles for patients. We want to restore their confidence and significantly improve the quality of their lives. Straumann Pro Arch is the most comprehensive solution we have produced to date and it provides clinicians and lab technicians with the flexibility, quality, and reliability to exceed their patient’s expectations for a new smile and improved quality of life.”
Straumann offers an excellent implant system with outstanding osseointegration and healing properties. Its new Bone Level Tapered implant is designed to provide excellent primary stability and flexibility in challenging clinical and anatomical situations. Straumann’s SLActive® implant surface offers fast osseointegration and reduced healing times from 6 to 8 weeks to 3 to 4 weeks.2 As a result, secondary stability is achieved faster and the patients overall treatment time is shorter.
In addition, Straumann’s Roxolid® material makes it possible to use narrower diameter implants, which are particularly useful when patients have lost significant bone.
This scientifically proven implant technology is complemented by a diverse prosthetic portfolio of abutments and customized bars. The Straumann Pro Arch prosthetic solution includes the addition of bone level, screw-retained abutments that offer a wide range of prosthetic options for screw-retained restorations. With their low profile and variety of angulations and gingiva heights, screw-retained abutments offer exceptional flexibility to provide individual solutions that include restoring tilted posterior implants.
Custom-milled bar options for final restorations can be designed on abutment level, implant level, or a combination of the two. Through Straumann’s open CAD/CAM system and CARES® Scan & Shape Service3, every dental laboratory can offer Straumann customized bars to complete the Pro Arch solution.
Dr. William F. Runyon, Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, is an early adopter of the Straumann Pro Arch solution and commented on the positive impact the solution will have for patients: “I feel very confident that with my lab support, we can transition these patients from a very compromised dental situation to an implant-supported fixed hybrid that they will be able to function with for years to come, with great success and comfort.”
The concept of fixed full-arch replacement with immediate provisional restorations, even with limited bone availability, was inspired and introduced by Dr. Paulo Malo, in the early 1990’s. The MALO CLINIC® Protocol become a popular procedure in a large number of clinics worldwide and has influenced developments in shortening time to teeth.
Proper diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as an evidence-based implant/prosthetic design, will help to result in a successful treatment. Together, these factors can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life.4 Straumann Pro Arch brings together the entire solution from root to crown so patients can smile again.
Straumann Pro Arch is available now through Straumann North America and will be launched in most European countries this spring, with roll-outs to the remaining European countries later in the year. The Bone Level Tapered Implant is in a limited market release and will be available this spring in most European countries.
For further information, visit Straumann at the IDS Congress in Cologne or contact a local Straumann representative.
1 Douglass CW, Shih A, Ostry L. Will there be a need for complete dentures in the United States in 2020? J Prosthet Dent. 2002 Jan;87(1):5-8
2 As compared to SLA
3 Not available in all markets
4 D. Wismeijer, P. Casentini, G. Gallucci, M. Chiapasco. Loading protocols in Implant Dentistry – Edentulous Patients. Patient Consideration. ITI Treatment Guide. 2010; 4:223