Bicon - Short Implants
Introduction to Bicon
Clinically proven since 1985, Bicon's unique dental implants and revolutionary clinical techniques have not only passed the test of time, but also continue to lead implant dentistry. Bicon Short Dental Implants may provide a solution for patients who are interested in dental implant placement, but do not want to have bone grafting, or cannot afford bone grafting , but do not have sufficient bone to place a traditional length implant. Not every implant system is right for every patient's particular needs, their biology, or the biomechanics of a given clinical presentation. Bicon fills a role that no other implant company currently provides.
THE BICON SYSTEM is a unique dental implant system, offering the worldwide dental community a comprehensive solution since 1985. Bicon's engineers and clinicians have been responsible for many of the innovations in implant dentistry for decades.
Bicon's unique plateau design follows sound bioengineering principles which allow for the use of short implants. Its unique bacterially-sealed, locking taper, implant to abutment connection provides for 360° of universal abutment positioning — offering restorative flexibility unmatched by other implant systems. The sloping shoulder of the Bicon implant consistently provides for gingivally aesthetic restorations, which are easily achieved because the bone that is maintained over the shoulder of the implant provides support for the interdental papillae.
Bicon's unique design and its revolutionary clinical techniques have not only passed the test of time, but also continue to lead implant dentistry. We welcome your joining Bicon clinicians from around the world, so that both you and your patients may also enjoy the clinical benefits of Bicon.
The Bicon Design
The Bicon System was designed not as a research project to study osseointegration, but rather as a means to restore dentition. Bicon's unique 1.5˚ locking taper implant to abutment connection follows sound bioengineering principles and provides for 360˚ of universal abutment positioning. Bicon's implant to abutment connection also has been definitively proven to be bacterially sealed. The implant's elegant plateaued design provides for cortical-like bone with central vascular systems around the implant. This cortical-like bone not only grows faster, but also provides for functionally different capabilities than the appositional bone around non-plateaued implants. The implant's sloping shoulder provides sufficient space for the interproximal papillae, which are crucial for gingivally aesthetic restorations.
Since its introduction in 1985, the Bicon design has benefited from a sensible biological width, which is only now—over 20 years later—being promoted as platform switching. For these reasons, Bicon clinicians and their patients do not experience the frustrations and limitations inherent in other implant designs.
A Bicon Short-Implant is constructed from titanium and coated via plasma spraying, anodizing, etching, or sandblasting to increase the surface area and osseointegration potential of the implant to the jawbone, on an electron-microscopic level.
Basically, a Bicon Short-Implant is the same proven science as a standard-length implant, it is just able to be placed into areas of reduced height of bone, as is found many times in the back of the upper jaw, or the back of the lower jaw.
Bicon Short-Implants are called "short" because they are shorter in length than standard-length implants, so they can be placed in areas that standard-length implants cannot be placed. Many patients normally interested in implants would require a separate bone grafting procedure to add height or width to an atrophic ridge, in order to properly prepare the location for a predictable implant outcome. With Bicon Short-implants, this is most often not the case.
A Bicon Short-Implant is an artificial root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth, denture, or bridge in place. These are great for those who are missing one tooth, or would like to secure their loose fitting dentures at a fraction of the cost of traditional implants!
Healing is much different in these two types of implants as well. Standard-length implants may require a primary surgical procedure to properly prepare the area that will be holding the standard-length implant.
Bicon Short-Implants have successfully been treatment planned and placed as single tooth restorations for single crowns, bridge abutments where no teeth were present to place a bridge, pier abutments for long-span bridge support, as well as the common placement for denture stabilization and partial-denture stabilization. In short, Bicon Short-Implants open a new avenue for patients that previously could not move forward with standard-length implants, in many cases.
It is worth mentioning, no two surgeries are the same; therefore, results and level of discomfort will vary per procedure. However, with that said, most patients are very happy that they did not require an additional bone grafting surgery to prepare for the implant, they had less post-operative discomfort, the Short-implant was able to be loaded much more quickly for use, and the entire procedure cost less money, with fewer, shorter, appointments.
Not all patients will qualify, or be best served, with Bicon Short-implants. There are cases that standard-length implants are the best treatment option and in those cases Short-Implants will not be a treatment option. Again, each person is unique and different in their needs and requests. Dr. Hoffman will thoroughly discuss these options with each patient to determine which type of implant would best be utilized to properly restore any location that can benefit from implant therapy.