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by: Jim Mack

Luc and Patrick Rutten are Belgian brothers, dental laboratory partners and dental technician educators, who have enthusiastically adopted the Angulated Screw Channel (ASC) concept from Nobel Biocare.

“The new ASC abutment has changed the way we work,” they say. “The titanium interface is more predictable than the old zirconia connection we used to rely on.”

The Ruttens tell us that the clinicians they serve are very appreciative of the convenience and ease-of-use that the ASC provides. “It seems that everyone is more than satisfied with the handling of the Omnigrip.”

When asked how important the ability to offer a cement-free retention option is, they reply, “Very important. Lots of dentists prefer screw- retained restorations because of the hazards of cement remnants and the complexity of cementing.”

Completing each other’s sentences, they explain that the esthetic results provided by the ASC are obvious even to the patient, “because we need less space at the incisal edge to provide a more translucent result.”

Although the brothers’ first ASC cases were incisors, they now see clinicians choosing angulated abutments in the posterior as well, because of the easier access provided by the new Omnigrip tooling and the flexible positioning of the screw access hole.

What about the business aspects of this innovative concept? The reply comes without hesitation: “The ASC concept definitely gives us a competitive advantage.”

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