|Publication number||USRE43470 E1|
|Application number||US 09/860,258|
|Publication date||Jun 12, 2012|
|Filing date||May 18, 2001|
|Priority date||Nov 17, 1995|
|Also published as||CA2238016A1, US5904483, WO1997017907A1|
|Publication number||09860258, 860258, US RE43470 E1, US RE43470E1, US-E1-RE43470, USRE43470 E1, USRE43470E1|
|Inventors||Curtis K. Wade|
|Original Assignee||Nobel Biocare Services, Ag|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (77), Non-Patent Citations (17), Referenced by (2), Classifications (7), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority of U.S. Provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/006,955, which was filed on Nov. 17, 1995.
The present invention relates to prosthodontic methods and apparatus and, more specifically, to such methods and apparatus that simplify the making of dental impressions employed to fabricate a restorative tooth prosthesis.
Many systems and methods are currently available for replacing lost teeth. These systems and methods comprise the following basic steps. First, an implant is threaded into a cavity formed in the patient's jaw at the location of a lost tooth. The implant is then allowed to osseointegrate with the jaw bone. A technician will then fabricate a prosthetic tooth on a permanent abutment member. The permanent abutment member is then attached to the implant to mount the prosthetic tooth at its appropriate location. In this context, the permanent abutment member forms the structural attachment between the prosthetic tooth and the implant, and the prosthetic tooth functionally and aesthetically replaces the exposed portion of the lost tooth.
It should be clear that this basic process can be employed when replacing a plurality of teeth as well as when replacing a single tooth. In the following discussion, the present invention is described in the context of replacing a single tooth; but one of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that the principles of the present invention are equally applicable to the replacement of more than one tooth at a time.
The step of fabricating the prosthetic tooth varies with the particular patient but requires that the position of the implant be captured so that the resulting prosthesis performs as required both functionally and aesthetically. If the position of the implant is not accurately captured, the resulting prosthesis may not function properly and may not look natural when attached to the implant.
The prosthesis fabrication process comprises the steps of taking an impression of the area of the lost tooth and, with the impression, forming a model of the area of the lost tooth. The process of taking the impression comprises the steps of attaching an impression coping to the implant, injecting hardenable impression material into the area surrounding the impression coping, and, when the impression material hardens, removing the impression material with the impression coping encased therein. To fabricate the model, an analog of the implant is then attached to the impression coping encased in the impression. Hardenable model material is then placed around the implant analog and allowed to harden. The model, with the implant analog buried therein, is then removed from the impression.
The position of the implant analog in the model should, and in most systems will, reflect the position of the implant in the mouth; that is, the model will contain surfaces corresponding to the surfaces of the teeth and soft tissue, with these model surfaces being accurately located relative to the implant analog. If the model accurately reflects the position of the implant in the mouth, a technician can accurately fabricate the prosthetic tooth in a laboratory setting.
While most currently available systems for replacing lost teeth allow the fabrication of a model that accurately reflects the position of the implant in the mouth, these systems each have drawbacks that, in general, result in the process of replacing lost teeth being fairly complicated and expensive.
To the Applicant's knowledge, all of the currently available systems and methods employ metal parts down to the implant during the process of taking the impression. Such metal parts are precision machined and thus relatively expensive. Although metal parts are in theory reusable, they must be sterilized between each use. And even if sterilized, these metal parts are often difficult to clean completely. Accordingly, in practice these parts are often discarded after being used once to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.
The use of metal parts also increases the complexity of previously available systems or methods for replacing lost teeth. More specifically, during the process of taking an impression and subsequently creating a model from that impression, it is necessary to temporarily join two components together (i.e., the impression coping is joined to the implant and the implant analog is joined to the impression coping). Using currently available systems, whenever two metal components are temporarily joined together, one of two methods must be used: (a) one of the components must be directly threaded onto the other; or (b) one of the components is internally threaded, the other component is unthreaded, and a separate screw engages the threaded component to attach the unthreaded component to the threaded component.
In the case where both of the components are threaded, one component is usually fixed and the other is rotated relative to the fixed component. For one component to be directly threaded onto another, one of these components must be freely rotatable relative to the other. For example, in certain systems, healing abutments are provided with a threaded post extending therefrom. To attach the healing abutment to the implant, the healing abutment is rotated relative to the implant such that the threaded post formed thereon is received within the threaded cavity defined by the implant.
Rotating one component relative to the other is not possible in many situations; for example, this is not possible when one of the components is an implant fixed within the mouth and the other is an impression coping fixed within an impression.
Accordingly, with previously available systems, the various components employed are attached to each other using threaded screws during the process of taking an impression and making a model therefrom. A screw is used to securely attach the impression coping to the implant while the impression material is injected around the impression coping. And a screw is also used to attach the implant analog to the impression coping during the process of making the model from the impression.
The use of screws to attach the impression coping onto the implant increases the complexity of the process of taking the impression. The dentist must thread the screw into the implant before the impression is taken and remove the screw from the implant to remove the impression from the mouth.
Another important drawback of prior art systems and methods of replacing teeth is that these systems commonly employ 20-30 components each having a specific purpose. Many of these components work only with a specific subset of other components.
In any case, all of the components of a given system must kept in inventory. And accurate records be kept to ensure that the oral surgeon, dentist, and laboratory technician all have the right parts at the right time. Further, because these components are small and many differ only in size, the difference between one component and another incompatible component may not be obvious to the naked eye, possibly resulting in confusion among various similar looking parts.
The fact that certain components work only with certain other components reduces the flexibility of the system. For example, in certain prior art systems, the permanent abutment member must be selected prior to the process of making the impression because a particular impression coping must be used for the selected permanent abutment. If, subsequently, the dentist or laboratory technician determines that another type of permanent abutment is more appropriate, a new impression with a different impression coping must be made.
Perhaps the most common commercially available dental implant system is marketed by Branemark. The Branemark system employs a large number of metal components that are relatively expensive. Additionally, as generally discussed above, the dentist must decide at the time the impression is made what type of permanent abutment will be used to fabricated the prosthetic tooth. This reduces the flexibility of the overall process, because a new impression must be taken if it is later determined that a different type of permanent abutment member is more appropriate.
Branemark also markets a specialized single tooth dental implant system under the trade name CeraOne. The CeraOne process employs a titanium abutment that is attached to an implant after second stage surgery. This abutment has an elongate exposed portion that extends substantially above the gum line, and a flexible, synthetic polymer healing cover is placed over the abutment while the tissue heals after second stage surgery.
To take an impression using the CeraOne product, impression material is placed around the healing cover and allowed to harden. The impression is removed from the mouth, with the healing cover sliding off of the exposed elongate portion of the healing abutment.
The CeraOne product may be used to replace only a single tooth; the cover that slips on and off of the elongate projection on the healing abutment prevents an impression being taken of more than one implant because the implants are normally not parallel. The covers would not be able to slip off the non-parallel projections on the healing abutments. And in practice, this cover is typically not used while the gum tissue is allowed to heal after second stage surgery because the material from which it is made tends to absorb odors and become unclean even during this relatively short period.
A third type of relevant dental implant system is marketed by 3I under the trade name EPS. The EPS system is similar to the Branemark system in that it uses a large number of metal components. The EPS system is also typical in that members such as healing abutments or caps are threaded to allow them to be directly attached to the implant. And the EPS system employs a separate screw to attach impression copings and permanent abutments onto the implant.
The need thus exists for dental implant systems and methods that are simple to implement, allow the dental professional flexibility in the selection of permanent abutments, require fewer steps during fabrication of the prosthetic tooth, and are less expensive than those currently available on the marketplace.
From the foregoing, it should be apparent that one object of the present invention is to provide an improved systems and methods for replacing lost teeth.
Another more specific object of the present invention is to provide such methods and systems having a favorable mix of the following characteristics:
These and other objects are obtained by the present invention, which is a system or method for replacing lost teeth. The present invention employs a temporary abutment that is attached to an implant member during second stage surgery. This temporary abutment member is left on the implant when the dentist makes an impression of the area of the mouth surrounding the implant. To capture the location of the implant, an impression feather is attached to the temporary abutment using a snap fit. The temporary abutment and impression coping are both made of plastic and one of these is provided with the projection and the other with an indentation. The projection engages the indentation when the impression coping is in the appropriate position relative to the temporary abutment and maintains the impression coping in this position throughout the process of injecting impression material around the impression coping.
When the impression material hardens, the entire impression may be simply lifted away from the implant. The snap fit that mounts the impression coping on to the temporary abutment is designed to allow manual removal of the impression coping, and thus the impression itself, from the implant.
From the foregoing description, it should be seen that the dentist does not need to remove the temporary abutment before making the impression. The dentist need only snap on the impression coping and make the impression. This significantly reduces the amount of time required to take an impression.
When the impression is delivered to the laboratory for the purpose of manufacturing a prosthetic tooth, a temporary abutment and analog of the insert are snap fit onto the exposed portion of the impression coping. Model material is then placed around the implant analog and allowed to harden. At this point, the model may be simply lifted away from the impression, with the snap fit formed between the temporary abutment attached to the implant analog and the impression coping easily being overcome by deliberate application of manual force.
The model thus contains an implant analog that captures the position of the implant in the mouth. The laboratory technician may then fabricate the prosthetic tooth on the model using conventional techniques.
Significantly, the decision on the type of permanent abutment that is to be used can be delayed until after the model has been made. This allows the laboratory technician flexibility in selecting an appropriate permanent abutment member even after the impression has been taken.
In the above example, the snap fit was described in the process of taking an impression of the location of an implant member in a mouth. The snap fit employed during this process may also be used for other components. For example, a cap may be attached to the temporary abutment during the healing period after the second stage surgery. Such a cap would prevent food and other debris form getting into the interior of the temporary abutment, but is easily removed by the dentist using readily available tools immediately prior to the attachment of the impression coping onto the temporary abutment.
Forming a temporary abutment out of plastic as described herein provides significant flexibility in the design of the temporary abutment member. This abutment member may thus be adapted to match an existing implant or permanent abutment currently on the market.
Also, the temporary abutment member may be mass produced using injection molding techniques. The preferable material for the plastic components used in this system is an acetyl copolymer. This material may be accurately injection molded, has sufficient rigidity to function as set forth above, is durable, and is biocompatible.
A dental implant system or method constructed in accordance with the present invention greatly reduces the number of parts required to provide a flexible dental implant system, substantially reduces the cost of many of these components, and provides significant flexibility not heretofore seen in such systems and methods.
Referring initially to
As an overview, the prosthodontic procedure shown in
To provide some perspective, initial reference is made to
Additionally, during the process depicted in
During the first phase of the prosthodontic procedure, often referred to as stage one surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the patient's gum 20 to expose the edentulous, or jaw, bone 22. The surgeon then drills a hole 24 in the jaw bone 22 (
The insert 28 also has a threaded inner surface 32 defining a screw chamber 34. After the insert 28 has been threaded into the jaw bone 22, a cover screw 36 is threaded into the screw chamber 34. The gum 20 is then sutured as shown at 38 such that the gum 20 covers the entire implant 28 and cover screw 36 (
At this point, stage one surgery is complete and the patient enters an osseointegration period of approximately 3-6 months. The osseointegration period allows the jaw bone to integrate the implant 28. During the osseointegration period, primarily for cosmetic reasons the patient will usually wear what is referred to as a flipper (not shown) over the implant site 18.
After the implant 28 has been integrated into the jaw bone 22, the patient enters the second phase of the procedure, commonly referred to as phase two surgery, in which the surgeon attaches a temporary abutment 40 onto the insert 28. To accomplish this, the surgeon assembles an abutment screw 42 onto the temporary abutment 40 (
The temporary abutment 40 and abutment cap 44 are made with a low profile such that, when installed, they are approximately same level as the gum line. Accordingly, while the gum tissue is healing around the temporary abutment 40, a flipper may be worn over location 12 without interference by the temporary abutment 40 or abutment cap 44.
After the gum has healed from the affects of stage two surgery, the patient goes to the dentist responsible for the restorative work. The dentist will initially remove the cap 44 and attach what will be referred to herein as an impression feather 46 onto the temporary abutment 40 (
The impression material 48 solidifies to form an impression 50 comprising the solidified impression material 48 and the impression feather 46 (
Upon receiving the impression 50 from the dentist, the laboratory technicians will form an analog assembly 52 comprising an implant analog 54, a temporary abutment 56 identical to the abutment 40 attached to the implant 28, and a screw 58 to hold the implant analog 54 and temporary abutment 56 together (
The temporary abutment 56 is then attached onto the impression feather 46 such that the implant analog 52 is spaced and extends from the impression feather 46 in the same manner as the implant 28 (
Model material 60 is then placed onto the impression 50 around the analog assembly 52 (
The next step is to remove the screw 58 and temporary abutment 56 from the model 62 (
At this point, a permanent abutment 64 may be selected and attached to the implant analog 54 to allow the fabrication of a tooth prosthesis, or replacement tooth, 66 (
Once the replacement tooth 66 has been fabricated, the patient goes back to the dentist where the temporary abutment 40 is removed and the permanent abutment 64 and replacement tooth 66 attached to the implant 28 (
The prosthodontic procedure described above will vary depending upon such factors as the desires of the patient, the techniques employed by the surgeon and dentist, and the type of restorative work involved. Within this overall context, however, the systems and methods of the present invention provide a number of benefits.
For example, the systems and methods of the present invention greatly simplify the dentist's job during Phase 3 when the dentist makes the impression. The dentist need only remove the abutment cap and insert the impression feather before making the impression. After the impression is removed, the dentist simply replaces the abutment cap. The dentist need not remove and reinsert the healing abutment when making the impression.
Additionally, the style of permanent abutment may be selected in the laboratory during Phase 4 and need not be known at the time the impression is made. The present invention thus greatly simplifies the dentists job by reducing the number of implant parts that the dentist must keep in inventory and track for each patient.
Another important aspect of the present invention is that certain key parts may be made cheaply out of disposable plastic and not out of surgical grade metals. In particular, the temporary abutment, abutment cap, abutment screw, and impression feather may be made wholly or in part out of plastic. Making these parts out of plastic allows them to made cheaply enough to be disposable and obviates the need to sterilize them between each use.
Referring now to
Before describing the particulars of the components depicted in
The physical structure necessary to engage the implant is dependent upon the exact implant selected. Temporary abutments having structure necessary to engage three commercially available implants are depicted in
The snap fit of the present invention can also be formed in one of a number of different ways. A first exemplary snap fit is embodied in the components shown in
The exact details of the snap fit are not critical to implement the principles of the present invention and other snap fit systems may be employed with similar effect. To function flexibly and reliably, the snap fit systems of the present invention have two characteristics: first, they are formed of projections and depressions that mate to positively hold one member onto another; and second they have a geometric shape that can be used to key one component relative to another. While both of these characteristics have advantages in the particular environment described, the present invention can be practiced with snap fit systems having either or neither of these characteristics and still obtain certain advantages over the prior art.
Once the details of the snap fit are determined, all components should be manufactured with the selected snap fit. Unlike the situation in which a number of different temporary abutments will normally be manufactured to match each style of commercially available implant, only one snap fit system needs to be and should be employed.
The various components used to implement the basic prosthodontic procedure described above with reference to
Referring initially to
The outer surface 112 comprises an upper portion 118, a side portion 120, and a lower portion 122. The upper and lower surface portions 118 and 122 are flat and generally arcuate. The side surface portion 120 comprises a generally cylindrical upper area 124 adjacent to the upper surface portion 118 and curved lower area 126 adjacent to the lower surface portion 122. The lower area 126 is smoothly and continuously curved from the upper area 124 to the lower surface portion 122.
The inner surface 114 defines the shape of the central bore 116 such that the bore 116 comprises a lock portion 128, a screw receiving portion 130, and a hex receiving portion 132.
As perhaps best shown in
Additionally, a locking groove 138 (
The screw receiving portion 130 of the central bore 116 is defined by a generally cylindrical second portion 140 of the inner surface 114 having a diameter d2. This diameter d2 is less than the diameter d1 of the inner surface first portion 134. A rounded, annular, horizontal retaining projection 142 extends from the inner surface second portion 140 adjacent to the central bore lock portion 128.
The hex portion 132 of the central bore is defined by a six-sided hex portion 144 of the inner surface 114. This shape is perhaps best shown in
First and second conical portions 146 and 148 of the inner surface 114 are formed on a triangular, annular, horizontal projection 150 arranged between the inner surface second portion 140 and the inner surface hex portion 144. The conical surface portions 146 and 148 meet at an annular transition ridge 152. The conical surface portions 146 and 148 and transition ridge 152 define a transition portion 154 of the central bore 116.
Referring now to
The screw body 158 has a threaded internal surface 162 and an external surface 164. The external surface 164 comprises, from bottom to top in
To obtain the assembly 156, the O-ring 160 is seated in the O-ring groove 174. When so seated, incidental movement between the screw body 158 and the O-ring 160 is prevented.
Referring now to
The abutment screw assembly 178 comprises a screw body 180 and a seating cap 182. The screw body 180 is a simple cylinder with an externally threaded outer surface 184. The seating cap 182 has an outer surface 186 having a cylindrical portion 188, a conical portion 190, and a hex portion 192. The seating cap 182 is rigidly connected to the screw body 180 such that axial rotation of the cap 182 is transmitted to the body 180.
Referring now to
More particularly, as shown in
Similarly, as shown in
Additionally, in each of the situations shown in
Referring now to
The implant 210 has, in addition to the threaded external surface 30, threaded internal surface 32, and screw cavity 34 briefly described above, an upper shoulder 212, upper surface 214, and hex body 216. The upper shoulder 212 is generally cylindrical. The upper surface 214 is flat, disc-shaped, and is bounded at its outer periphery by the shoulder 212. The hex body 216 extends from the upper surface 70. The screw cavity 34 passes through the upper surface 212 and the hex body 214. The entire implant 28 is generally symmetrical about its longitudinal axis D, with the external surface 30, internal surface 32, screw cavity 34, upper shoulder 212, upper surface 214, and hex body 216 all being coaxially aligned with the longitudinal axis D.
Referring now to
In particular, the base portion 128 comprises a wall 230 having a cylindrical outer surface 232 and a hex-shaped inner surface 234. Projecting at intervals from the from the outer surface 232 are vertical alignment projections 236. The base portion outer surface 232 is dimensioned to fit snugly within the cylindrical inner portion 134 of the abutment inner wall 114. The alignment projections 236 are similarly dimensioned to fit snugly within the alignment grooves 136 formed in the abutment inner wall 114. The base portion 128 of the impression feather 226 may thus be received within the lock portion 128 of the abutment central bore 116 in a manner prevents relative axial rotation between the feather 226 and the abutment 110.
Additionally, locking projections 238 extend from the cylindrical outer surface 230 of the base wall 228.
The upper portion 229 of the impression feather 226 comprises a series of horizontal flanges 240 that extend from a central post 242. The flanges 240 are offset from the flanges above and below by 90 degrees. The purpose of the flanges 240 is to create a secure interconnection between the impression feather 226 and the impression in which it is captured.
With an understanding of the shape of the foregoing components 110, 156, 178, 210, 218, and 226, certain steps in the prosthodontic procedure illustrated in
Referring initially to the step depicted in
Between the steps depicted in
Prior to the step shown in
An identical attachment is formed between the impression feather 46 in the impression 50 and the second temporary abutment 56 as shown in
Many of the components described above may be made out of any material that is biologically inert and strong enough to withstand the loads encountered during insertion and while being worn in the patient's mouth. Certainly any surgical grade metal such as titanium would work satisfactorily, although the primary benefits of the present invention are obtained by manufacturing the at least portions of these components out of dental grade plastic.
In particular, the temporary abutment 110, seating cap 182, abutment cap 224, and impression feather 226 are all preferably fabricated out of plastic such as an acetyl copolymer. In any situation where a snap fit is employed to attach two components together, at least one, and preferably both, of these components must be manufactured out of plastic to allow the deflection necessary to achieve the snap fit.
Referring now to
The shaft portion 268 of the screw spaces the treaded portion 270 from the head portion 266 such that, when the threaded portion 270 is rotated onto the threaded surface 32 of the implant 28, the head portion 266 acts on the shoulder surface 280 to hold the cylinder 256 onto the abutment 40 and the abutment 40 onto the implant 28. The base 260 thus keys the cylinder 256 onto the abutment 40, and the screw 264 holds the assembly of the cylinder 256, abutment 40, and implant 28 together. The cylinder 256 can thus support, on a temporary basis, a temporary or permanent restoration.
Referring now to
In general, the screw 316 attaches the temporary abutment 312 to the implant 314. The specific structure that allows this attachment will be described in further detail below.
In general, the screw 316 passes through the central bore 322 such that the threaded surface 336 on the screw engages the threaded portion 330 of the internal surface 328 of the implant 314.
The outer surface 318 differs from the outer surface 312 of the temporary abutment 110 described above in that it is adapted to mate with the implant 314. In particular, the exterior surface 324 of the implant 314 has a conical portion 338 that forms a shoulder of the implant 314. The interior surface 328 of the implant 314 defines, in addition to the threaded portion 330 described above, a hex portion 340. Referring to
The central bore 322 comprises a lock portion 346 and a screw receiving portion 348. The lock portion 346 is similar in operation to the lock portion 128 of the central bore 116 described above.
The lock portion 346 is defined by a first portion 348 of the interior wall 320. This wall portion 348 is generally hexagonal in shape. In particular, this wall portion 348 comprises six identical wall segments 350 each having an elliptical recess 352 formed therein.
Referring now for a moment to
In particular, the base portion 356 has a hexagonal body 358 having six identical surfaces 360, with a projection 362 formed on each of the surfaces 360. The hex member 358 is sized and dimensioned to be snugly received within the locked portion 346 of the central bore 322, with the projections 362 being received within the recesses 352. The recesses 362 engage the projections 362 to form a snap pit that locks the impression coping 354 onto the temporary abutment 312 as described above. The locking system formed by the base portion 356 of the impression coping 354 and the first portion 346 of the central bore 322 maintains the impression coping in an appropriate relationship to the temporary abutment 312 during the process of taking the impression. But the impression coping 354 can be removed by the application of deliberate manual force on the impression coping 354 away from the temporary abutment 312.
It should be recognized that the base portion 356 of the impression coping 354 may be substituted on any of the components described above that are intended to be mounted on to the temporary abutment 110. The impression coping 354 is simply exemplary of these other components.
Referring now to
Referring now to
The implant 414 has an exterior surface 416 and an interior surface 418. The exterior surface is adapted to be threaded into a patient's bone and be osseointegrated therewith. An upper portion 420 of the exterior surface 416 is formed in a downwardly tapering frustoconical shape. The inner surface 418 has an upwardly tapering frustoconical surface 422 that extends at an angle of approximately 6 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis of the implant 414. These two surfaces 420 and 422 meet at an annular uppermost portion 424 of the implant 414.
The inner surface 418 of the implant 414 thus defines a frustoconical region 426 above a threaded region 428 defined by a threaded surface 430. This arrangement allows the temporary abutment 412 to be directly threaded onto the implant 414, obviating the need for a separate screw.
The temporary abutment 412 thus does not have a central bore extending all the way therethrough, instead having an upper cavity 432 defined by an inner wall 434. The inner wall 434 has an upper portion 436 comprising six surfaces 438 each having an elliptical or ovoid depression 440 formed therein. Inner wall 434 also has a cylindrical portion 442. The upper cavity 432 operates in the same basic manner as the first and second portions of the central bore 322 described above to allow components having a base portion such as the base portion 356 of the impression coping 354 described above to be attached to the temporary abutment 412.
Formed on a lower portion of the temporary abutment 110 is an inwardly facing frustoconical surface 444 and an outwardly facing frustoconical surface 446. The surfaces 444 and 446 are sized and dimensioned to match the surfaces 420 and 418, respectively, formed on the implant 414. The abutment outer surface 446 further comprises a threaded portion 450 below the frustoconical portion 448. The surface portions 446, 448, and 450 are arranged and dimensioned relative to each other to allow the temporary abutment 410 to be threaded onto the implant 414 as follows. The threaded surface portion 450 engages the threaded inner surface portion 430 of the implant 414 such that, when the abutment 412 is rotate about its axis, these threaded surfaces engage to displace the temporary abutment 412 towards the implant 414. At some point, the surfaces 446 and 448 will engage the surfaces 420 and 418 to snugly attach the temporary abutment 4122 onto the implant 414. The abutment can then be used in the same basic manner as the temporary abutments of the present invention as described above.
Another aspect of the present invention not readily apparent from the drawings is the relative size of the various components shown and described herein. For example, the temporary abutments may be sold with different external diameters D (
From the foregoing, it should be clear that the invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof. The present embodiments are therefore to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive.
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|1||Answer and Counterclaims of Nobel Biocare USA, LLC dated Oct. 30, 2006.|
|2||*||Branemark System, 1995 Brochure, Nobelpharma USA, Inc.|
|3||Declaration of Paul Zuest, including Exhibits 1-9, executed Apr. 18, 2008.|
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|5||Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc.'s Claim Construction Reply Brief; JAMS-San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 26, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
|6||Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc.'s Claim Construction Reply Brief; JAMS—San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 26, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
|7||Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc.'s Opening Claim Construction Brief; JAMS-San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 19, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
|8||Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc.'s Opening Claim Construction Brief; JAMS—San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 19, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
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|10||*||Emergency Profile System, 3I Implant Innovations, 1993.|
|11||*||ITI Dental Implant System, Advertisement.|
|12||ITI Dental Implant Systems advertisement.|
|13||Nobel's Opening Claim Construction Brief; JAMS-San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 19, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
|14||Nobel's Opening Claim Construction Brief; JAMS—San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 19, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
|15||Nobel's Preliminary Invalidity Contentions dated Dec. 20, 2006.|
|16||Nobel's Responsive Claim Construction Brief; JAMS-San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 26, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
|17||Nobel's Responsive Claim Construction Brief; JAMS—San Francisco, CA; Case No. 1100048948; Dr. Curtis Wade and Healthkomp, Inc. v. Nobel Biocare USA, LLC.; Filed: Jan. 26, 2007; this lawsuit has been settled and dismissed.|
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|U.S. Classification||433/173, 433/214|
|Cooperative Classification||A61C8/0001, A61C8/0048|
|European Classification||A61C8/00G, A61C8/00B|
|May 9, 2007||AS||Assignment|
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:WADE, CURTIS K.;REEL/FRAME:019265/0519
Effective date: 20070430
Owner name: NOBEL BIOCARE SERVICES, AG, SWITZERLAND