The Bicon Advantage

Restorative Flexibility

Extra-Oral Cementation

Platform Switching

Sloping Shoulder

1.5˚ Locking Taper

Plateau Design

SHORT® Implants

Low-Speed Drilling

The Bicon System was designed not as a research project to study osseointegration, but rather as a means to restore dentition. Bicon’s unique 1.5˚ locking taper implant to abutment connection follows sound bioengineering principles and provides for [1] 360˚ of universal abutment positioning. Bicon’s implant to abutment connection also features a [5] microgap of less than 0.5 microns.

The implant’s elegant [6] plateaued design provides for cortical-like Haversian bone with central vascular systems around the implant. This cortical-like Haversian bone not only grows faster, but also provides for [7] functionally different capabilities than the appositional bone around non-plateaued implants due to its higher mechanical properties. The implant’s [4] sloping shoulder provides sufficient space for bone to support the interproximal papillae, which are crucial for gingivally aesthetic restorations.

Since its introduction in 1985, the Bicon design has benefited from a sensible biological width, which —decades later— is being promoted as [3] platform switching. For these reasons, Bicon clinicians and their patients do not experience the frustrations and limitations inherent in other implant designs.

Since 1985

1. Restorative Flexibility

Bicon offers a complete selection of abutments: temporary, healing, stealth shouldered, non-shouldered, fixed-detachable, Brevis™ overdenture, and Locator® overdenture — providing for exceptional restorative flexibility and platform switching. All Bicon abutments are completely interchangeable within their respective diameter of 2.0mm (red), 2.5mm (blue), and 3.0mm ( green), and all benefit from the unique 360˚ of universal positioning provided by Bicon’s locking taper connection. Once clinicians appreciate what 360˚ of abutment positioning without any screw can do for their clinical practice, implant dentistry will never again be the same for them.

2. Extra-Oral Cementation
With the elimination of screws, Bicon’s restorative procedures, in their simplest form, are identical to restoring a prepped natural tooth, a task every dentist knows how to do without needing additional implant training or armamentarium. Significantly, because of the abutment’s locking taper connection a crown may be extra-orally cemented onto the abutment and inserted into the well of the implant as a single unit, which eliminates the deleterious effects of subgingival extraneous cement.
3. Platform Switching

Bicon features complete interchangeability of abutment diameters, providing sensible biological width — now discussed as platform switching. Bicon’s harmonious biological design provides for impressive bone maintenance.

4. Sloping Shoulder

Bicon’s sloping shoulder affords more flexibility at the time of implant placement and provides for impressive bone maintenance. It also provides more room for bone over the implant, which provides support for the interdental papillae, enabling aesthetic gingival contours to be easily and consistently achieved.

5. 1.5˚ Locking Taper

Bicon’s 1.5 degree locking taper connection provides a microgap of less than 0.5 microns at the implant to abutment interface. This can avoid the microbial leakage issues that can result in inflammation of the soft tissue around an implant, which could lead to not only bone loss around the implant but also to the loss of the implant itself.

Image courtesy of Ziedonis Skobe, PhD, Forsyth Institute and Harvard University, Boston, MA and Thomas G.H. Diekwisch, DDS, PhD, UIC College of Dentistry, Chicago, IL

6. Plateau Design

The plateau or fin design offers at least 30% more surface area than a screw implant of the same dimensions and allows for the callus formation of mature haversian bone between the fins of the implant. This cortical-like bone forms at a faster rate of 10-50 microns per day in comparison to the appositional bone around non-plateaued implants, which forms at a slower rate of 1-3 microns per day.

Image courtesy of Paulo G. Coelho, Ph.D., New York University

7. SHORT® Implants

Bicon SHORT® Implants maximize implant placement possibilities and minimize the need for grafting procedures. With Bicon, longer implant lengths are not necessarily better. For many clinical situations, shorter implants offer a better solution.

8. Low-Speed Drilling

Low-speed drilling at 50 RPM without irrigation allows a clinician to harvest the patient’s own bone with titanium reamers for autogenous grafting. Slow drilling is forgiving and is unique to Bicon. Additionally, it greatly extends the longevity of the titanium reamers, thus reducing a clinician’s costs.