With the Good Fit ® Implant Stent, you can deliver implant-retained dentures weeks faster Go from diagnosis to final impressions and records – all with one device!
More and more patients are seeking implant-retained dentures, but the time and cost of treatment can be prohibitive. Even if you believe it’s the clinically superior option, sometimes you and your patient just have to settle for regular dentures… and a lot of adhesive.
But what if you could cut your chair time in half or more and deliver quality, implant-retained dentures weeks faster – at far lower costs to you?
That’s what our Implant Stent lets you do. That’s because…
We combine a diagnostic stent, prosthetic guide, stock tray, custom tray and bite block into one Good Fit ® Implant Stent
If you make implant-retained dentures the conventional way, you need separate devices for each of these steps. First you have to take impressions and have a stent fabricated for diagnosis and treatment planning. Then you need a prosthetic guide to help you target the placement of your implants. Then when the implants have healed and you are ready to make the final denture, you need a stock tray for preliminary impressions, a custom tray for final impressions, and finally a bite block for setting planes, evaluating vertical dimension, and taking interocclusal records.
Our Implant Stent combines all of these things into one device.
Here’s a quick video showing how the whole system works:
It helps speed up the whole process, so that…
You can get to implant placement one week faster because you don’t need to send out for a custom stent
Here’s how it works. Our Implant Stent is made out of a clear thermoplastic material, so you can create a custom-fitting stent instantly by dropping it in hot water to make it moldable and then adapting it to your patient’s mouth. Then just dip it in cold water to make it instantly rigid with no shape distortion from the cooling.
Because the Implant Stent becomes an custom stent, you can skip any preliminary (or subsequent) impressions you might normally need to get a custom-fitted stent from a lab. And because each time you send out to a lab means waiting up to a week, using a Good Fit ® Implant Stent means that you can get to implant placement one week faster.
You can now use the Implant Stent for diagnosis and treatment planning, and you can also use it as a prosthetic guide, which means…
You can do implant placement as early as the very first clinical visit
Now that you have a custom-fitted stent, you can place radiographic markers (by drilling holes to place radiographic beads or using stick-on markers, whichever you prefer), take radiographs with the stent in place on your patient, and use them to determine proper implant type, size and location.
With your diagnosis and treatment planning completed, you can then convert the Implant Stent into a prosthetic guide. Just remove any radiographic markers and drill channel guides through the tray in the desired location, direction and angle for implant placement.
Now you can place your implants – in what might be the very first clinical visit.
Note: the Implant Stent does not substitute for a full surgical guide. If your diagnosis and treatment planning indicates a complicated case that requires the precision of a lab-fabricated surgical guide for implant placement, you should take that route. But even in these cases, the Implant Stent can still help you deliver final dentures weeks faster – as you’ll see in the next step…
At this point, you’ll want to save the customized Implant Stent while your patient heals, because it’s going to save you even more time in the steps ahead…
When you are ready to make the final dentures, the Good Fit ® Implant Stent lets you deliver them in as few as two clinical visits!
Because the Implant Stent combines a stock tray, custom tray, and bite block, you don’t have to send out to a lab for a separate custom tray and a bite block. And because each time you send out to a lab means waiting up to a week, using an Implant Stent means that you can deliver lab-made dentures two weeks faster.
If you have an in-house lab, using an Implant Stent will help you deliver dentures faster. With an in-house lab, you could even deliver a denture in a day or two because your lab won’t have to make a custom tray or bite block. Your lab just has to make the waxed and finished dentures. Plus, you eliminate all costs associated with making custom trays and bite blocks, and free up a lot of capacity at your lab.
Eliminating the need for custom trays and bite blocks makes it so that…
You can do the work of three appointments in one, cutting chair time in half
Now that your patient is healed, just take his or her Implant Stent off the shelf (the one that you saved from the earlier appointments), and you already have your custom impression tray. What’s more, if you used the stent as a prosthetic guide, it already has holes exactly where you placed the implants – so it’s already customized perfectly to fit the implant analogs.
So far, without doing any additional work, you’ve already been able to skip the preliminary impression appointment typically needed to get a custom tray and you’ve also been able to skip the making of the custom tray itself – you already have it!
Next, with that custom tray, you can do your border molding and take a final impression right away. So you can skip what would typically be a second, separate appointment too.
Now you’re at the point where you would normally send out to a lab to get the bite block. But since our Implant Stent comes with acrylic tooth forms attached to it, you already have a bite block in your hand, and you don’t have to send out to a lab at all. So you can take all your jaw relationships and take the bite right there in that first denture-making appointment.
Merging three appointments into one saves you 75 minutes of chair time. By skipping the preliminary impression, you save at least 15 minutes. And combining the second and third appointments saves you another hour, because…
You don’t have to fiddle with wax rims
Adjusting wax rims is a huge pain.
Unfortunately, with traditional bite blocks, you have no choice but to work with wax. You have to heat a metal plate to flatten the wax rims to the approximate height you need. You then have to cut the wax down in places where the wax is too high, or add height if the wax is too low.
Our Implant Stent means you never have to adjust a wax rim again. That’s because each Implant Stent comes with acrylic teeth attached. If you want to “adjust the rims,” you can just grind down the acrylic teeth to the exact height you want. Grinding acrylic gives you much more precision than melting wax, and it’s a lot faster. And if you want to add some height in places, you can still add height with wax.
Not having to fiddle with wax rims is a big reason that you can save an extra hour of chair time in that first denture-making appointment. The other big chair time savings is that…
You don’t have to worry about the base being loose
When you put a base in a patient’s mouth, it’s going to be loose.
It’s kind of surprising, but dental labs make the base loose on purpose, so you can place the base on and off the master model without breaking it.
This prevents you from getting accurate measurements, even though the final denture has to be accurate to the millimeter. Unfortunately, a loose base means your measurements have a margin of error that’s more than several millimeters.
Our Implant Stents solve this accuracy problem. That’s because by the time you’re going to “adjust the rims” on an Implant Stent, you’ve already taken a final impression that you leave inside the Implant Stent. After that impression sets, you have a molded custom tray with the patient’s impression in it. That’s going to fit perfectly in your patient’s mouth, which gives you a completely stable record base.
A perfectly stable base means that your measurements will be accurate to the millimeter. And with more accurate measurements, it’s much more likely that the waxed denture will be verified on the first try – and that the final denture will fit.
And that means…
You don’t have to worry so much about your dentures fitting
When dentists use a conventional process, half of their waxed dentures need adjustments.
And if you can’t save the waxed denture with a minor adjustment, you have to make major adjustments, send it back to the lab, wait a week for a new waxed denture, and schedule another appointment with the patient. So a bad waxed denture means you have to pay the lab more, waste a lot of chair time, and burn another week.
It’s even worse if the final denture has problems. If you can’t fix a bad final denture with added acrylic, that also burns money, chair time, and another week. And if the new final denture doesn’t fit, you either have to start over or send the patient home with a tube of adhesive.
Our Implant Stents avoid all that. Because you’ll leave an impression inside the stent, the “base” will be very snug. This lets you take extremely accurate measurements.
And because both the waxed and final dentures are way more likely to drop in with no adjustments, you’ll save another 45 minutes of chair time that you would’ve spent on adjustments.