i-LiNQ®: INNOVATIVE CONNECTION BETWEEN IMPLANT AND ABUTMENT
i-system implants are capable to effectively maintaining crestal bone. This special characteristic is achieved because of its specific i-system implant abutment geometry which is able to physiologically load the bone above the implant shoulder by functional loading. Functional loading – according to „Wolff’s Law of Bone Transformation“– leads to targeted bone growth towards these loading forces.
The mandatory requirement for this very special effect is the placement of implant-abutment connection inside bone level. The sloping shoulder, the abutment‘s narrow exit from bone and the elliptospherical base deliver a double and reverse platform shift. By having a full metal post, bending movements result which transmit physiological forces from the ellipt o spherical base to the crestal bone surface.
At the same time, any connection between implant and abutment placed inside the bone, determines the necessity. to re-enter bone level at every single prosthetic step. As a result, epitheliums grow down the sulcus to the point it reaches the implant platform.
Epithelium, however, can never come into direct contact with bone, but always has to have a layer of connective tissue in between (= biological width). The only option for biology in order to reconstruct this biological width is to resorb crestal bone.
Driven by this biological process – and totally independent on the specific implant system used – all prosthetic concepts which are directly executed on bone level, will lead to prosthetically induced bone loss.
i-LiNQ® resolves this dilemma in an easy and effective way: at time of uncovering i-LiNQ® is inserted into the implant well and never taken out again. Thus i-LiNQ® treatment concept precisely follows the „ONE ºme – ONE Abutment“ philosophy. In order to shape the so. tissue emergence profile, healing abutment is placed onto i-LiNQ®. All prosthetic steps take place only inside the gingival level, therefore „one story“ above the bone.
i-LiNQ® preserves the „peace“ inside the implant surrounding bone and thus efficiently avoids any interfering factors which could cause prosthetics related bone resorption.