Precision Engineering Drives Implant Excellence

by Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, CEO and Founder of Cellerant Consulting


Aerospace. Aeronautics. Automotive. World-class precision engineering is vital for manufacturing legends such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Tesla, Maserati, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and NASA. Ditron makes critical components for those companies, and the same high quality that sets those icons apart now is the driving force behind Ditron Dental USA implants.

Dr. Matteo Danza provided the implant know-how and Dr. Ole Jensen and Mike Stevens, Ditron Dental USA’s CEO and Co-Founder, had the vision to create the first-of-its-kind doctor-driven dental implant company. The goals, says Stevens, were to develop “next-generation products created by dentists at the highest level of implant dentistry backed by a knowledgeable and creative clinical advisory board that provides feedback and helps us continue to develop this product.”

One of the crucial elements behind these implants is titanium manufactured to a sub-micron level. Ditron is one of only three companies in the world that can reach that level of precision, eliminating the “micro-gap” between the abutment and the implant. “At Ditron, we call that the MolecuLock™ connection,” says Stevens. “One of the most crucial aspects of avoiding peri-implant disease is the intimacy of fit between the abutment and the implant.” Besides avoiding bacterial contamination, the connection also improves long-term bone-level stability.

Preserving bone is a defining feature of the company’s MPI™ and ULT™ implants. David Lee Howell, Ditron Dental USA’s vice president of sales says, “The reverse concave neck (RCN) puts put less pressure on the crestal bone. The tapered shape and micro-threads also reduce pressure to the cortical bone, providing atraumatic contact.” Micro-threads also improve the speed and quality of osseointegration.

While the implants come in a variety of sizes, both types have a single connection at the implant and the abutment. “That means one impression post, one digital scan body, and one analog that all work together,” says Howell. “You don’t have to stock multiple sizes, even if you are working on full arch – keeping costs and inventory down.”

Creating precision implants is in Ditron Dental USA’s DNA. But the company is also focusing on more – growing their customers’ practices. That’s at the heart of “Ditron Dental 360,” a new program that involves the clinician and the whole practice team to add value to the implant practice. Howell explains, “We ask about their goals – how many more implants do you want to place next year? And we have vehicles to help dentists reach those goals.” Millions of dollars of possible treatments written in existing patients’ charts have been suggested but not yet accepted. “From the receptionist to the treatment team, we coach techniques to start the conversation on what it would take to help these patients start treatment. Maybe it’s a discount; maybe better understanding of the procedure, maybe both. We can even help educate the doctor on full-arch case techniques,” says Howell.

“Dentists need to experience the advantages of our precision-engineered implants for themselves,” says Stevens. “But we want to do something even bigger – we want to leave something behind for generations to come and that will make a huge impact for patients’ lives. That’s the goal.”

About the Author

Lou Shuman is the CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group, dentistry’s leading corporate incubator and accelerator. He is a venturer in-residence at Harvard’s i-Lab, co-founder of LightForce Orthodontics, a member of the Oral Health advisory board and founder of the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards. He was selected in 2021 by Global Summits Institute one of the World’s Top 100 Doctors.

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