Experienced dental surgeon, Dr Robert Hayes, took one look at the new Grand Morse Implant System from Neodent, a Straumann Group company, and realised it was now the best on the worldwide implant system market. Here he explains why.
I have always been passionate about looking after those whom I consider to be our most needy patients – those who avoid going to the dentist until they absolutely must and then present with widespread decay and failing dentition. These patients deserve a good-quality solution which for me is fixed teeth. Thankfully, there is a fantastic implant system available which I think combines the best elements of all the systems available worldwide – the Neodent® Grand Morse™ Implant System.
The best in implant body design
Taking the Helix® Grand Morse, it has a “dual-tapered” body design which means it is gently tapering in the coronal area (to apply compressive forces) and then becomes more conical in the apex (allowing it to self-tap and achieve a solid fixation). The fully tapered body design means that the implant can be placed readily even at an angle to an underprepared osteotomy, as the design draws itself into position readily to a very positive final seating.
The progressive, dynamic thread design in combination with the soft rounded small tip and helical flutes at the apex enable immediate loading. They optimise the primary stability even in demanding cases, such as soft bone, fresh extraction sockets and converging root tips. The two threads which sit opposite each other and chase each other round the body enable it to go in straight, to screw in twice as quickly and become anchored twice as strongly as one with a single thread.
A hydrophilic surface to rival the best in the market
The Acqua™ hydrophilic surface on the Grand Morse implants helps them to integrate into the bone as successfully as Straumann’s SLActive® in my opinion. The hydrophilic surface creates a smaller contact angle with oral fluids which should shorten the healing period, promote bone regeneration and increase the longevity of the implant. It also improves the success rate for implants in challenging situations such as soft bone or immediate protocols.
Strongest implant-abutment complex available
The implant-abutment connection of the Grand Morse system holds better than any other system I have come across. The inherent platform switch in the connection increases bone coverage and coronal bone growth stabilises the implant-abutment complex. The Morse connection effectively causes this complex to transfer forces as a single monolithic structure which enhances stability and spread of force transfer from chewing through the entire bone.
The two components slide into each other like flower pots which renders the connection sterile by preventing bacteria getting past the Morse taper. The increased distance from oral fluids reduces risk of peri-implant bone loss over time and the metal connection components also enhance bone healing and reduce the risk of bacterial peri-implantitis.
A deep 16° tapering connection within the implant maximises connection within the abutment. The connection also includes an internal indexation and unique locking and unlocking feature which enables a strong and stable connection and simple and reliable abutment fitting and removal.
A straightforward and well-designed system
All the Grand Morse implants have the same Grand Morse connection regardless of the implant diameter. This means you only need one screwdriver, one surgical kit and one implant driver. It is also the widest and therefore easiest abutment connection available on the market with the easiest abutment release thanks to its self-ejecting screw.
The wide diameter, short flat flowerpot design and big screw head makes it easier to access wherever it is in the mouth. The single Neo screwdriver doesn’t wear and is easy to engage at the back of the mouth. The bullet-shaped tip can access the screw from a number of angles.
The drill kit itself is thoughtfully and neatly laid out and follows the surgical drilling sequence. It is complete to the very last detail and there are plenty of clearly labelled and spare locations. The drills are well-designed and cut beautifully, particularly the point drill which is superb. The laser markings are the clearest on the market.
A wide range of aesthetic restorative options to fit on top
And finally, the Grand Morse system is extremely versatile in terms of prosthetic solutions. It can work for all indications from single to edentulous, in all treatment protocols from immediate to delayed loading and as part of all workflows from conventional through to fully digital.
There are many implant systems on the market and I have used a large number in my years of clinical experience. None of them now come close to the Neodent Grand Morse Implant System which gives me all the qualities I need to give my patients stable, reliable and aesthetic fixed prosthetic solutions which my patients are delighted to receive and which I take much pleasure in placing – thanks to their outstanding design.
Dr Robert Hayes
MSc Imp Dent (lond 2006), Dip Imp Dent RCS (eng 2005), MF GDP (UK 2001), BDS (lond 1986)
Dr Hayes is a dental surgeon at Bupa Dental Care in Thames Ditton. He is also a Royal College of Surgeons accredited implant training practitioner and accredited mentor in implant dentistry with the Association of Dental Implantology. He has marked assessments for the Royal College Implantology candidates for several years and mentors dentists in all aspects of implant dentistry including Nobel Guide Technology.
To find out more about Neodent’s Grand Morse Implant System, visit https://www.straumann.com/content/neodent/gb/en/discover/grand-morse.html
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