Over the last decade, dentistry has evidenced an increase in use of full arch metal implant supported prosthetics as a replacement for missing teeth in edentulous patients. Nevertheless, rising patient demands for metal free restorations, and improved comfort, as well as clinician demands for improved biomechanical performance are shaping the future of dental prostheses.
Understanding these parameters and developing solutions that can meet these needs will not only shape the future, but will lead to the total transformation of the dental prostheses market as we know it.
In interview, Dr Rajesh Vijay (BDS) shares his experiences of using the JUVORA Dental Disc as an alternative to metal and the benefits he believes it is bringing to his patients. Dr Vijay is clinical director at Evodental clinic and honorary clinical teaching fellow in dentistry within the faculty of medical and human sciences at the University of Manchester.
Some of the key highlights of the interview include:
The most important properties of a prosthetic from a patient’s point of view are comfort, and from a clinician’s point of view is biomechanical performance. Traditionally we’d use the materials that we have available which are rigid metals and ceramics. The drawbacks are that we have to understand that the mouth is an impact machine and any impact machine needs a shock absorber. These materials don’t allow shock absorption.
Patients, who chose the PEEK solution provided by JUVORA instead of metal alternative prosthetic frameworks, reported that their comfort levels are much better. The reason that they can say that to me with confidence is usually because they’ve worn a metal based prosthesis, so they can tell the difference.
The importance of reducing implant restoration damage is paramount because you aim to want to do something once, so if you can use highly engineered materials which can give much greater long term predictability than convention, then it’s everything, it’s very important.
The JUVORA Dental Disc is a high-performance polymer (HPP) solution made of a PEEK polymer from Invibio Biomaterial Solutions. Invibio´s PEEK-OPTIMA™ has a proven medical history with use in over five million medical implants worldwide. JUVORA Dental Disc is an innovative non-metal dental solution indicated for the CAD/CAM-based manufacture of implant borne, fixed and removable prosthetics, anterior and posterior crowns as well as posterior and 3-unit bridges (maximum 1 pontic).To find out more, visit www.juvoradental.com
It seems likely that in the same way dentistry has benefited from a move to a digital working environment – with the introduction of digital scanning, CAD/CAM milling and 3D printing (additive manufacturing) – a transition from traditional metal based materials to metal free high-performance polymers as solutions for premium implant prosthetics, is enabling this next generation of dental patient care.