Medtronic has introduced Artisan Space Maintenance System for temporary use in oral-maxillofacial surgical reconstruction, dental regeneration procedures and to support soft tissue until bone formation occurs.
The Space Maintenance System is comprised of three space maintenance implants including porous titanium mesh and bone fixation screws; an umbrella-shaped screw, called a Tenting Screw, which protects bone grafts; and an implant called a Socket Preservation Screw.
The Socket Preservation Screw implant aids specialists with the ability to preserve gum tissue architecture and eliminates the need to perform a second flap to re-enter, claims the company.
The system can be used with bone void fillers and extenders such as MasterGraft ceramics and the Progenix DBM line of products but is not used with Infuse Bone Graft.
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry oral-maxillofacial surgery assistant professor Daniel Spagnoli said the Artisan Space Maintenance System has an overall advanced screw design that provides a low profile and a good interface between the screw driver and the screw head so a surgeon can place the screws with visualization and accuracy.