FRIDGE® Friction Grip Bridge SystemThe FRIDGE® – Friction Grip Bridge System was introduced by Implanova® as a revolutionary technique for creating a totally implant supported prosthesis that is fixed for the patient but removable by the dentist. This system serves as a superior alternative to traditional fixed screw-retained process and eliminates the need for screws, cement, implant level impressions, jig verification, metal bar, or other components that create a hassle for the practitioner. The system also allows the practitioner to conveniently examine and clean the prosthesis and implants without having to spend hours of opening access holes and unscrewing screws to remove the prosthesis. Therefore, the FRIDGE® system would considerably reduce the labor and expense involved with creating and maintaining implant-supported fixed dentures.

FRIDGE® system works by virtue of stock, precision-machined titanium FRIDGE® caps that engage with the abutment head when fully seated by way of friction, allowing it to sit tightly on the abutment and serve as a stable pick-up attachment for the prosthesis. When tapped in and fully seated, these FRIDGE® caps would not be removable without the use of significant force. These FRIDGE® caps are compatible with all Unibutments and select stock abutments. The design of the caps can correct up to 8 degrees of inherent non-parallelism when using straight Unibutments, and up to 20 degrees of non-parallelism when using angled Unibutments. As a result, your implants don’t need to be perfectly straight to use this system! Silicone washers and Delrin caps are also available for easy processing.

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Example of an immediate Fridge® installation

Fridge® Abutments

Angled Unibutments for FRIDGE® are platform-less, two-piece angled abutments that can be used to correct any implant fixture angulation up to 20 degrees. Angled unibutments have a single, universal diameter but have 3 available angulations – 7.5 degrees (Yellow), 15 degrees (Blue), and 20 degrees (Magenta) – to be used depending on placement of the implant fixture. For each angulation, there are 3 different neck lengths available – Short (1.34mm), Medium (2.34mm), and Long (3.43mm). Implanova® Angled unibutments have a hexagonal base and can be placed in 12 different positions inside the double hexagonal implant fixture. A single screw size is used with all the Angled unibutments and should be torqued to no more than 20 N-cm. They are ideal to be used as FRIDGE® abutments in combination of 3 or more in a single arch.They are also suitable for the “screwmentation” technique for single or multiple units. They can also be used on the implant model for laboratory manufacturing of crowns.