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The Importance of Using Authentic Implant Parts

By David A Burt, DDS

Commercial Supporter: Jesse & Frichtel Dental Labs

The use of authentic components for the implant/abutment complex is critical to the success of implant restorations. These components help to ensure the precise fit of the abutment to the implant, prevent microgaps, and avoid unpredictable, negative sequelae that could affect implant treatment outcomes. If aftermarket or unauthentic implant components are used instead, the integrity of multiple aspects of the implant treatment can be compromised. This article reviews the characteristics and importance of the relationship between authentic, integrated implant system components and outlines the potential consequences that could arise from mixing aftermarket parts with other implant components.


  • Identify the different types of implant connections available, including external hex, trilobe, internal hex, and conical connections.
  • Describe the mechanics of implant components and how they affect the long-term stability and predictability of the implant/abutment complex.
  • Discuss the factors that contribute to an intimate connection between abutments and implants.
  • Explain the potential complications that can arise from using aftermarket or inauthentic implant components with implants designed for use with an integrated system.

About the Author

David A. Burt, DDS
Private Practice, Allentown, PA

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