Implant Analogs are used by dental lab technicians to position of the dental implant in the patient's mouth.
Color-coded and meticulously machined for optimal precision.
Implant analog geometries at Edison Medical
Edison Medical offers a range of dental implant analogs designed for use with the market’s leading brands, including Zimmer®, Nobel Active®, Megagen®, Straumann®, Osstem® / Hiossen® and more than 70 additional implant systems. Analogs are available in narrow, regular and wide platforms, and with either conical or internal hex connections, allowing each individual restoration scenario to be designed with utmost precision.
EM’s implant analog design features
All Edison Medical dental analogs are manufactured from high-grade Ti-6AL-4V-ELI titanium. This grade of titanium is the top in its class regarding hardness, surface resistance, fracture toughness, tenacity, yield strength, and fatigue resistance.
The use of titanium for dental implant analog manufacturing is a deviation from the typical stainless steel dental analogs that dominate the market, and the use of titanium serves the greatest advantage to the dental technician. With a strength that rivals that of stainless steel (as much as 30% stronger), titanium is a light-weight (up to 50% lighter), biocompatible alternative to steel that has been widely adopted across the dental field.
Using titanium also enables the manufacturer to carry out an anodization process on the material, which allows the creation of a unique range of colors that result naturally from the anodizing process without the use of any harsh chemicals or dyes. Edison Medical employs titanium anodization during the manufacturing process to color code its dental analogs.
Edison Medical’s lab analogs are color-coded to provide dentists with a resource to improve efficiency both chairside and in the dental laboratory. Dental professionals can design protocols integrating color-coded components that allow for rapid identification and result in maximized productivity and timing of procedures.
The implant analog is a crucial component in producing the working model impression from which the prosthesis is designed in the laboratory. To achieve a successful restoration, the impression-taking process relies on accuracy. Apart from choice of impression technique and various preparatory practices before taking the impression, the components used for the impression have a significant impact on precision.
The importance of the implant analog
Dental implant analogs (also known as dental analogs or lab analogs) play an important role in precision of prosthetic design, with proper seating ensuring that the working model portrays the most accurate impression of the restoration’s positioning in the mouth. The implant analog becomes anchored inside the cast after setting of the impression mold, so it is crucial to achieve an accurate positioning of the analog prior to setting. To ensure a better retention in the cast, some of EM’s dental analogs have been designed with holes to better secure the analog in place. Proper placement of the dental implant analog along with the implant coping ensures correct abutment location of the final restoration and prevents impression material from entering in between spaces and surfaces it should not.
What is a implant analog?
An implant analog is a replica of the retentive element (the implant) of a dental restoration and is used during the fabrication of a master cast. The implant analog is placed in the laboratory stone or plaster model in the location and position determined for the final prosthesis. Once the impression has been poured and is set, the analog is screwed onto the impression coping that is embedded in the cast. The implant analog is a crucial component in producing the working model impression from which the prosthesis is designed in the laboratory.
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