Multiple implant manufacturers claim surgical superiority of one implant design over another.
Implant designs vary in terms of basic shape, taper, and thread configuration. Macro-design features of contemporary implants influence surgically-relevant parameters such as ease of use, ability to achieve primary stability, and prevention of damage to the buccal plate. The selection of a particular implant design should ultimately reflect the desired surgical clinical objectives, the clinician’s knowledge of the implant system and the wishes of the dentist providing the final restoration. The best implant design is one that the dental team knows how to use and which allows the clinical objectives to be achieved.
- To review the basic determinants of surgical success
- To contrast parallel wall vs. tapered, threaded vs. press-fit, and cutting vs. non-cutting implant designs
- To outline strategies for optimum implant design selection
Bio: Dr. Chvartszaid is a specialist in both prosthodontics and periodontics. He completed two years of hospital residencies in New York City and undertook specialty training at the University of Toronto. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and is on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Prosthodontics and the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.