Identifying implant systems presents a significant challenge to the dentist, as each system has several widths of implant and four or five lengths of implant often with different surface coatings. This therefore compounds the problem. At present when such patients present valuable clinical time is often spent doing detective work, using what information you have, clinical expertise of colleagues, help from implant company reps etc to help identify the system. The Implant Recognition system has been developed by Dr Craig Barclay
(University of Manchester, UK) and George Michelinakis
(private practice, Crete, Greece).