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IMPLANT IDENTIFICATION ! Ever inherited a case where the implants were already in place and whoever

placed them died or retired to Botswanaland? What are they you ask and the answer is “I dunno?”. So, you send them to someone who has the experience of thirty plus years in dealing with implants or you strike out on your own. However, don’t do what these inexperienced clinicians did. The implants were not identified (they were early Sterios with a SOLID metal prepable abutment). The bridge unit was sectioned and a high speed round bur was used to penetrate the occlusal and into the HEART of the solid abutment looking for a screw access hole that did not exist. The effort to find the non existent screw access hole resulted in penetrating the lateral wall of the implant and destroying the treads so that a new abutment could not be placed. That implant wound up being a sleeper. It would have helped to know what implant it was and that the most common abutment for that system was a solid metal abutment. So when in doubt – check this web site out and see if you can identify the implant before you do anything. An x-ray would have indicated that it had a SOLID abutment and the shape would have given clues as to the kind it was and avoided irreversibly damaging it The web site is www.whatimplantiscthat.com Here is a good start at identifying the many different implant types. So far there are 419 images in the data base. Thank you Drs. Nate Farley and Kent Howell for making it possible.

Examples of some of the identification images:

3i NanoTite Tapered Certain PREVAIL [ 5.0mm ]

3i NanoTite Tapered Certain PREVAIL [ 6.0 x 11.5mm ]

3i NanoTite Parallel Walled Certain [ 3.25mm ]

3i NanoTite Parallel Walled Certain [ 4.0mm ]

3i NanoTite Parallel Walled Certain [ 5.0 x 13mm ]

3i OSSEOTITE Parallel Walled Certain [ 3.25 x 11.5mm ]

3i OSSEOTITE Parallel Walled Certain [ 4.0mm ]

3i OSSEOTITE Parallel Walled Certain [ 5.0 x 11.5mm ]

3i OSSEOTITE Parallel Walled Certain [ 6.0 x 11.5mm ]

3i OSSEOTITE XP Certain [ 4.0mm ]

IMPLANT ID  

3i OSSEOTITE XP Certain [ 4.0mm ] 3i OSSEOTITE Parallel Walled Certain [ 4.0mm ] 3i OSSEOTITE Parallel Walled Certain [ 3.25 x 11.5mm ] 3i N...

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