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Straumann introduces “Lifetime Plus Guarantee” for Roxolid® implants

  • Straumann introduces “Lifetime Guarantee Plus” for Roxolid® implants

Roxolid® has brought a new level of confidence to implant dentistry that enables Straumann to offer an industry leading guarantee. Frank Hemm, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Solutions & Education at Straumann, explains in this interview why Straumann has taken this decision and what it means for surgeons and patients.

Roxolid® – the dental implant material for superior strength and more indications

Roxolid® from Straumann (introduced 2009) has been specifically designed for use in dental implantology. It is a unique implant material – a metal alloy composed of ~15 % zirconium and ~ 85 % titanium – combining excellent osseointegrative properties with high mechanical strength. Roxolid® leads to increased mechanical resistance [R1] and up to 21 % higher fatigue strength compared to titanium implants [R2]. This allows dental professionals to use reduced diameter implants to preserve bone and reduce the number of invasive grafting procedures [R3]. In combination with Straumann’s unique SLActive® surface, Roxolid® implants offer increased predictability even in challenging protocols [R4-10], broader treatment possibilities even for patients with compromised health [R11-17] as well as safer and reduced treatment times (from 6 – 8 weeks down to 3 – 4 weeks) in all indications [R18].

Straumann already offers a lifetime guarantee on its titanium implants; what does the Roxolid® Lifetime Plus guarantee offer in addition?
Our ‘standard’ lifetime guarantee covers the replacement of the implant in the rare event of breakage and is valid for the patient’s lifetime. Few manufacturers offer this level of guarantee. For our Roxolid® implants, we are extending the lifetime guarantee in some countries to include a monetary contribution to the follow-up treatment costs.

How much is the monetary contribution?
It varies from country to country. The average amount is CHF 1000, which is paid to the surgeon and is intended to cover part of the cost resulting from additional treatment planning, chair time and follow-up treatment to replace the fractured implant.

Where is it available?
Unfortunately we are not able to offer the Lifetime Plus in every country yet – for administrative and other reasons. However, it is available in all major markets and we are working on making it as widely available as possible.

What is the benefit?
We have invested years of expertise, scientific research and clinical experience in perfecting the design and material properties of our implants and abutments. In addition, we conduct numerous quality checks – all in order to minimize the possibility of implant fracture. As a result, fractures are very rare with Straumann implants. Implant breakages are unpleasant for the patient and the surgeon. Until now, the treatment costs for replacing an implant in the event of breakage had to be borne by the dentist and/or the patient. Straumann is the first leading dental implant manufacturer to offer a lifetime guarantee covering both the product and a contribution to the treatment costs.

Frank Hemm, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Solutions & Education

“We have invested years of expertise, scientific research and clinical experience in perfecting the design and material properties of our implants and abutments. In addition, we conduct numerous quality checks – all in order to minimize the possibility of implant fracture.”

Frank Hemm, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Solutions & Education

What has prompted Straumann to take this bold step?
Science and clinical evidence. Roxolid® is stronger than pure titanium [1] and has excellent osseointegration capabilities. Implant fractures are very rare and success rates are very high [2]. We already had extensive data from mechanical strength and durability tests before we introduced Roxolid. Then it was tested in the largest clinical research program initiated by a dental implant company prior to commercial launch. Publications arising from the program currently cover 922 implants, 607 patients and 57 clinical centers3 with up to three years of follow-up [2] (see Tab. 1). One of the most recent publications, a scientific review, reported survival and success rates of 98.4% and 97.8% respectively.[2] Another recent publication reported five-year results from a randomized controlled clinical trial showing that survival and success of Roxolid® implants are maintained over time [4]. To add to this body of scientific evidence, Straumann’s Quality Compliance statistics show that the cumulative fracture rate of all 3.3 mm Roxolid® implants sold to date is just 0.04% [1], which is significantly lower than the rate for our titanium equivalents.  This is why surgeons can be confident with Roxolid. The Lifetime Plus Guarantee adds a further level of confidence for them and their patients.


roxolid 5 years of validated clinical performance

Fig. 1: Five years of validated clinical performance. First launched in 2009, Roxolid® is available in Straumann’s entire implant portfolio throughout the world, depending on registration processes. Some major markets have shown a major switch from titanium to Roxolid.

Relevant clinical studies with Roxolid® implants (Altuna P, et al. 2016)

Tab. 1: Relevant clinical studies with Roxolid® implants (Altuna P, et al. 2016)

The standard guarantee on all Straumann implants applies worldwide for the lifetime of the patient and covers the implant in case of breakage – irrespective of whether it is made of titanium, ceramic or Roxolid. The Lifetime Plus guarantee is available, for Roxolid® only, in Europe and North America with other regions to follow depending on legal and organizational constraints. For both the Straumann guarantee and the Lifetime Plus guarantee, adherence to the clinical protocol and the approved indications is a precondition.


1 Data on file 2 Altuna P, et al. Clinical evidence on titanium–zirconium dental implants: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg (2016), 3 4 Müller F, et al. Small-diameter titanium grade IV and titanium-zirconium implants in edentulous mandibles: five-year results from a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. BMC Oral Health. 2015 Oct 12;15(1)

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