BEYOND CONTINUITY IN INNOVATION
Ceramic technology to improve healing
Major projects, like our Straumann BLX and SNOW implant systems, can easily eclipse other innovations that are no less relevant or meaningful. The ceramic healing abutments we launched in 2019 are a truly differentiating innovation that exemplify this. Fitted to an implant after placement, they are designed to prepare and shape the gum around the implant during the healing period before prosthetic restoration. By comparison with titanium, ceramic (zirconia) is more favourable to soft tissue attachment and less prone to plaque formation1–9. The new abutments thus support soft-tissue healing, although the most innovative thing about them is the fast, cost-effective production technique, which uses ceramic injection moulding instead of conventional milling. The technique was developed by Maxon Dental, the joint venture between Straumann and maxon motor.
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