Intramobile cylinder (IMZ) two-stage osteointegrated implant system with the intramobile element (IME): Part I. its rarionale and procedure for use
Charles A. Babbush, D.D.S., M.Sc.D./Axel Kirsch, D.D.S./Paul J. Mentag, D.D.S./ Brian Hill, C.D.T.
The Intramobile Cylinder (IMZ) Two-Stage Osteointegrated Implant System is unique. The IMZ Implant System incorporates a Delrin, intramobile element (IME) which simulates the periodontal ligament of the natural tooth unit. This shock-absorbing element distributes stress and functional load in a physiological manner so that the semi-edentulous patient may be reconstructed by splinting to the adjacent natural teeth. This article will discuss the IMZ Implant System, its surgical insertion, prosthetic reconstruction, and the rationale and concepts of the intramobile element. It will further review the clinical findings of 3,436 implants placed during the past 10 years in West Germany primarily, followed by the past 2 years experience in North America.