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DentaltownA New Implant Approach

Dentists should be able to place implant-supported restorations using this innovative technique just a few weeks after inserting the implants.

The traditional approach to dental implant restoration has seen little change over the years, often requiring patients to wait months for their final implant-supported restorations. A new innovation, the OsseoShaper instrument by Nobel Biocare, promises to revolutionize osteotomy preparation and potentially shorten the time to definitive implant-supported restorations. This article presents a case study that explores the effectiveness of this new tool.

HCN Medical Memo
The advent of the OsseoShaper instrument and the N1 implant system represents a significant shift in implantology. These innovations not only promise to make the procedure more efficient but also potentially improve patient outcomes by reducing healing time and discomfort. As we continue to seek ways to optimize patient care, tools like the OsseoShaper are worth serious consideration for incorporation into practice.

Key Points:
  • Traditional methods require clinicians to wait 12–24 weeks for definitive implant-supported restorations.
  • OsseoShaper prepares osteotomies at a very low RPM and without irrigation, reducing heat and trauma.
  • The case study involved a 70-year-old patient who had a successful implant placement using the OsseoShaper and N1 implant system by Nobel Biocare.
  • The patient reported almost no discomfort and showed exceptional soft-tissue healing within two weeks post-operation.

The OsseoShaper instrument operates at a very low RPM and without irrigation, which is thought to reduce the typical “dip” in implant stability during the healing process.

Additional Points:
  • The OsseoShaper leaves a vital bone coagulum in the osteotomy, which is thought to improve implant stability.
  • The N1 implant system allows for a “one abutment, one time” concept, sealing off the implant/abutment connection at the time of initial exposure.
  • The patient in the case study had previously received traditional implants and was eager to try the faster, innovative approach.

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