REPLACING A CONGENITALLY MISSING LATERAL INCISOR
Selecting the proper implant for any given site should include anticipating surgical anatomic variations as well as prosthetic cosmetic challenges. Dental implant design has advanced during the past three decades to provide the profession with more choices to suit these challenges.
A true hybrid implant is defined as an implant with a diameter of a mini implant, but with full prosthetic versatility.
The Skinny 2.4 offers an implant design that can be considered the implant of choice for many clinical case types. It offers the standard internal hex, with the lead-in bevel that has the greatest historical success with prosthetic connections.
The Skinny has more component options for aesthetics and function than any other implant-to-prosthetic assembly. With the minor diameter of the embedded threaded portion 2.4mm in diameter, the Skinny has the minimum diameter that permits stan- dard restorative components.
The cross-sectional blueprint of the implant illustrates that there are no stress or fatigue points of less dimension than the original 3.7mm internal hex design. That translates into a small diameter implant which is as strong as the original internal hex.
The design of the Skinny requires a countersink drill which ideally places the implant flush with the osseous crest. Because the minor diameter of the Skinny is 2.4mm, the final sizing drill is also 2.4mm. This yields an osteotomy only 0.2mm greater than a 2mm standard pilot drill in radius or cutting dimension which often negates the need for a pilot drill – an advantage when trying to simplify procedures.