The FRIDGE™ – Friction Grip Bridge System was introduced by Implanova® as a revolutionary technique for creating a totally implant supported bridge that is fixed for the patient but removable by the dentist. This system serves as a superior alternative to traditional fixed screw retained processes 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 examine and clean the prosthesis and implants conveniently 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.
FRIDGE™ system makes my job easier!
Beverly Hills, CA
My experience with the FRIDGE™ system.
“After being a Dental Hygienist for 7 years now, I have always been challenged with any patient who had an implant supported bridge. It always seemed as though I could never provide a thorough enough cleaning since the bridge was never able to be removed for cleaning appointments. As a result, heavy deposits of tartar were easily accumulated underneath the bridge over the months, and patients compliance in using interdental aids on a routine basis always seemed unlikely.
However, with Dr. Zadeh’s innovation of the Friction Grip Bridge, or “FRIDGE”, the bridge (both upper and lower) are clipped out in a matter of seconds and the implants are exposed for allowance of a thorough cleaning.
“Wow” I thought! I was finally able to use my scalers and remove the tartar and bacteria with full confidence and ease, Wow!! What a life changing moment for myself as well as the patient, for now I felt as though I truly could provide assistance in health. Following the cleaning, Dr. Zadeh tapped the FRIDGE back in to place in just a matter of seconds, providing secure grip. I am so satisfied with the outcome and so pleased to provide a confident and reliably clean mouth.”
Debbie S., RDH