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PEEK—poly-ether-ether-ke-tone—was the talk of the IDS in Cologne last year; now, it’s come to the U.S. in the form of the JUVORA Dental Disc made from PEEK sourced directly and exclusively from Invibio® Biomaterial Solutions, a global leader of PEEK biomaterials. Available from JUVORA Inc., the disc received FDA clearance for milling frameworks for complete and partial removable dentures and implant overdentures earlier this year.
“PEEK has had some use historically in dental applications such as abutments and healing caps. However, now with the JUVORA Dental Disc, dental professionals in the U.S. have the ability to use CAD/CAM technology for precision designing PEEK frameworks for removable prostheses,” explained Nicole Czechowski, Business Development Manager, JUVORA Dental Innovations.
The JUVORA Dental Disc is lightweight, biocompatible, radiolucent, highly wear and abrasion resistant, and has elastic properties similar to that of human bone. JUVORA’s type of PEEK has been replacing metal in implantable medical device applications for more than a decade. “It is the only PEEK material with such a long-term history, used in more than four million implanted medical devices,” said Czechowski, noting that the off-white polymer comes in 98-mm discs and can be milled in 4- or 5-axis open systems.
It’s available only to JUVORA Certified Partners (Panthera Dental is the first JUVORA Certified Partner in North America). To become a certified partner, labs must participate in a two-hour training session via teleconference and complete a hands-on component. A training video and reference materials are also provided to ensure labs are fully supported post-certification.
“In addition to training and telephone support, certified partners receive a marketing kit to promote the new offering to dentist-customers. Because of the potential patient benefits that come with this high-strength, metal-free solution, we are seeing labs charge a premium for it over metal frame dentures,” said Czechowski.
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