Glidewell Laboratories to Produce Custom Abutments for BIOMET 3i Encode® Impression System

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Glidewell Dental Lab signs a license agreement to produce patient-specific implant abutments for the Encode® Impression System from dental implant manufacturer BIOMET 3i.

The Encode Impression System is a unique treatment concept with an excellent record of documented clinical success.

Glidewell Laboratories, an industry-leading provider of dental laboratory products and services, announced today a license agreement with BIOMET 3i, a global frontrunner in the design and manufacture of dental implants and related restorative components. This agreement allows clinicians working with the popular Encode® Impression System to prescribe cases directly to Glidewell Laboratories and receive a custom abutment.

The Encode Impression System eliminates the need for implant-level impressions, effectively streamlining the treatment process for the surgeon, restorative clinician, and patient. Rather than exchange the healing component for a separate transfer coping during the restorative phase, the clinician simply takes a standard or digital impression of the Encode Healing Abutment. This abutment is “encoded” with special markings that, when scanned, relay abutment design and milling information. In addition to saving chair time and reducing inventory requirements, the simplified Encode process serves to minimize component swapping, mitigating gingival trauma and potentially helping to preserve soft tissue critical to an esthetic outcome.

Encode impressions are used in the design and manufacture of CAD/CAM custom abutments, presenting patients with a fully customized, end-to-end treatment solution. With its new license agreement, Glidewell Laboratories is fully authorized and equipped to directly receive and process Encode impressions at its facility in Newport Beach, California. In addition to fast turnaround times for a custom abutment and crown, clinicians will benefit from a set price of $359 for the prescribed abutment, which includes a genuine BIOMET 3i Gold-Tite® Screw, an acrylic positioning index to aid in delivery, and all labor and materials involved.

"The Encode Impression System is a unique treatment concept with an excellent record of documented clinical success,” says Dave Casper, Vice President of Business Development at Glidewell Laboratories. “It has brought an entirely new wave of general practitioners into the implant restoration space, who prefer this simple way of restoring implant cases. No parts, nothing new to learn.”

Available in titanium, all-zirconia, or zirconia with a titanium base, each patient-specific custom abutment from Glidewell Laboratories is carefully designed using the proprietary Encode CAD library for optimal support of the final restoration, a natural emergence profile, and long-term gingival health.

The terms of the license agreement, while highly detailed and technically complex due to the intellectual property involved, came together relatively quickly. According to Casper: “At the end of the day, both Glidewell Laboratories and BIOMET 3i are committed to enhancing the treatment experience for patients and providers alike, by optimizing outcomes while reducing the time and cost involved.”

For more information about the Encode Impression System or any of the products and services from BIOMET 3i, please call 800-342-5454 or visit

Glidewell Laboratories is a privately owned corporation with more than 42 years of history as a provider of high-quality restorations to dental practitioners nationwide. It has its own R&D and manufacturing teams of nearly 200 experienced professionals dedicated to the development of dental implant solutions and restorative materials such as the award-winning BruxZir® Solid Zirconia. Its CAD/CAM processing capabilities are recognized as among the most advanced in the industry. To view its expansive selection of clinical videos and CE courses, or for more information about products and services such as customized implant abutments, call 800-854-7256 or visit

BIOMET 3i, Encode, and Gold-Tite are trademarks of BIOMET 3i, LLC. BruxZir Solid Zirconia is a trademark of Glidewell Laboratories.

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