Patents by Inventor John J. Bellanca

John J. Bellanca has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10368964
    Abstract: A lower region of a temporary abutment includes an anti-rotational feature for non-rotationally mating with a dental implant. An upper region of the temporary abutment includes a first anti-rotational structure and at least one retention groove. A top surface of the temporary abutment includes one or more informational markers that provide information concerning the dental implant. A temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled to the upper region of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has at least one projection configured to mate with the at least one retention groove of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has a second anti-rotational structure that is configured to slidably engage the first anti-rotational structure of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled with a temporary prosthesis such that the temporary prosthesis and the temporary abutment cap are removable from the temporary abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: T. Tait Robb, Stephen M. Herrington, Miguel G. Montero, Ralph E. Goodman, Dan P. Rogers, John J. Bellanca, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20190133723
    Abstract: A dental assembly for vertical attachment of an implant to a dental abutment for restorative dental procedures is disclosed. The implant includes a cylindrical body having an interior bore formed between a distal end and a proximal end. An abutment interface is formed on the proximal end of the cylindrical body. The interface includes a radial annular interior surface and a flat annular stop surface circumferentially bordering the interior bore. The assembly also includes an abutment including a stem and a post coupled to the stem. An interior bore is formed through the stem and the post. The abutment includes an interface section between the post and the stem. The interface section may include an annular radially curved exterior surface proximate to the post. The radially curved exterior surface and the circular flat surface interfaces with the abutment interface of the dental implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Dan P. Rogers, Stephen M. Herrington, Ross W. Towse, Ralph E. Goodman, Zachary B. Suttin, Isabel Scalise, Michael Bobby
  • Publication number: 20190105131
    Abstract: An implant for insertion within a maxillofacial bone of a patient including a tapered body and one or more threads formed along the body. The one or more threads on one or more lead threads include multiple thread forms including both three-dimensional stabilization thread and standard thread (e.g. v-thread, buttress thread, etc.) forms. The one or more threads including the multiple thread forms provides for maximizing the restriction of lateral movement of the implant within a full or partial osteotomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: EVOLLUTION IP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick E. BARTON, John J. BELLANCA, Thomas P. LEWIS, Fred J. MOLZ
  • Patent number: 10201405
    Abstract: A dental assembly for vertical attachment of an implant to a dental abutment for restorative dental procedures is disclosed. The implant includes a cylindrical body having an interior bore formed between a distal end and a proximal end. An abutment interface is formed on the proximal end of the cylindrical body. The interface includes a radial annular interior surface and a flat annular stop surface circumferentially bordering the interior bore. The assembly also includes an abutment including a stem and a post coupled to the stem. An interior bore is formed through the stem and the post. The abutment includes an interface section between the post and the stem. The interface section may include an annular radially curved exterior surface proximate to the post. The radially curved exterior surface and the circular flat surface interfaces with the abutment interface of the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Dan P. Rogers, Stephen M. Herrington, Ross W. Towse, Ralph E. Goodman, Zachary B. Suttin, Isabel Scalise, Michael Bobby
  • Publication number: 20180263737
    Abstract: Taking an intraoral scan of a patient's mouth with existing implants, creating a digital model of the patient's mouth, digitally designing a denture bar based on the digital mouth model, fabricating a physical bar based on the digital bar model, delivering the physical bar into the patient's mouth, capturing records of the patient's mouth and installed physical bar, producing a physical denture and joining it to the physical bar, and delivering the physical denture and bar into the patient's mouth, all in no more than three dental office visits. The step of digitally designing a denture bar typically includes selecting a cement gap for the abutments based on errors in the digital mouth model resulting from the intraoral scan, as well as designing lateral cement ports into the digital bar model. And the step of fabricating a physical bar typically includes using additive manufacturing such as 3D printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: EVOLLUTION IP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Boris A. SIMMONDS, John J. BELLANCA
  • Publication number: 20180235734
    Abstract: A coping for intraoral scanning or impression molding that includes a snap-in retention capability for engagement with a dental implant having a first engagement section. The second engagement section is configured for a snap-in or frictional fit with the first engagement section to releasably secure the coping to the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: EVOLLUTION IP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Haibo FAN, Boris SIMMONDS, Fred J MOLZ, IV, John J. BELLANCA
  • Patent number: 9925024
    Abstract: A dental restoration system is disclosed including an implant for attachment to a jaw bone of a patient. The implant includes a cylindrical body having an interior bore formed between a distal end and a proximal end. An abutment includes an interior bore formed through the stem and the post and an interface section interfacing with the abutment interface of the dental implant. An abutment removal insert has a cylindrical end insertable into a groove formed in the interior bore of the abutment. An abutment removal tool screw is insertable within the abutment removal insert. The abutment removal tool screw includes a grip and an opposite end. The opposite end causes the abutment removal insert to contact the abutment. The grip is rotatable to cause the opposite end to create force against the implant to cause the abutment to be detached from the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Dan P. Rogers, Stephen M. Herrington, Ross W. Towse, Ralph E. Goodman, Zachary B. Suttin, Isabel Scalise, Michael Bobby
  • Patent number: 9717571
    Abstract: A dental implant screw for holding an abutment on a dental implant includes a head and a shaft. A proximal end of the shaft is coupled to the head. The shaft includes a threaded section, an outwardly tapered section leading into a recessed section, and a stop section directly between the outwardly tapered section and the recessed section. The recessed section is directly between the head and the stop section. The threaded section is directly adjacent a distal end of the shaft and is configured to engage threads of an internally threaded bore in the dental implant to hold the abutment on the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph E. Goodman, John J. Bellanca, Zachary B. Suttin, Ross W. Towse
  • Patent number: 9662185
    Abstract: A scanning member includes a head portion and a body portion. The head portion has an at least partially flat top surface indicative of a first characteristic of a dental implant, an at least partially flat first side surface indicative of a second characteristic of the dental implant, and a second non-flat side surface that opposes the first side surface. The body portion has a non-rotational feature configured to non-rotationally couple the body portion to the dental implant. The body portion is physically attached to a bottom surface of the head portion to form a generally “T” shape. The scanning member has an internal through hole for receiving a screw to threadably couple with a threaded bore within the dental implant. A set of scanning members includes scanning members having different body portions configured to couple to dental implants from different manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Brandt M. Davis, Alexis C. Goolik, David Edward Beeby
  • Publication number: 20160151127
    Abstract: A dental component including a universal joint. In one form, the invention relates to a cam screw for fastening a temporary tooth to an implant including a driving component, a sleeve socket and an abutment screw. The driving component extends along a first axis and includes an internal hex opening for removably coupling the standard hex driving tool. The sleeve socket is provided for pivotally coupling to a portion of the driving component. The abutment screw extends along a second axis and portion thereof pivotally couples to the sleeve socket. With the first axis being offset at an angle relative to the second axis, the driving component is configured to provide torque to the abutment screw such that rotary movement about the first axis in turn causes rotary movement about the second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: EVOLLUTION IP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Boris Andres SIMMONDS, Fred J. MOLZ, IV, John J. BELLANCA
  • Publication number: 20150104756
    Abstract: A lower region of a temporary abutment includes an anti-rotational feature for non-rotationally mating with a dental implant. An upper region of the temporary abutment includes a first anti-rotational structure and at least one retention groove. A top surface of the temporary abutment includes one or more informational markers that provide information concerning the dental implant. A temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled to the upper region of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has at least one projection configured to mate with the at least one retention groove of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has a second anti-rotational structure that is configured to slidably engage the first anti-rotational structure of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled with a temporary prosthesis such that the temporary prosthesis and the temporary abutment cap are removable from the temporary abutment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: T. Tait Robb, Stephen M. Herrington, Miguel G. Montero, Ralph E. Goodman, Dan P. Rogers, John J. Bellanca, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20150044637
    Abstract: A dental implant screw for holding an abutment on a dental implant includes a head and a shaft. A proximal end of the shaft is coupled to the head. The shaft includes a threaded section, an outwardly tapered section leading into a recessed section, and a stop section directly between the outwardly tapered section and the recessed section. The recessed section is directly between the head and the stop section. The threaded section is directly adjacent a distal end of the shaft and is configured to engage threads of an internally threaded bore in the dental implant to hold the abutment on the dental implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ralph E. Goodman, John J. Bellanca, Zachary B. Suttin, Ross W. Towse
  • Patent number: 8944816
    Abstract: A lower region of a temporary abutment includes an anti-rotational feature for non-rotationally mating with a dental implant. An upper region of the temporary abutment includes a first anti-rotational structure and at least one retention groove. A top surface of the temporary abutment includes one or more informational markers that provide information concerning the dental implant. A temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled to the upper region of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has at least one projection configured to mate with the at least one retention groove of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has a second anti-rotational structure that is configured to slidably engage the first anti-rotational structure of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled with a temporary prosthesis such that the temporary prosthesis and the temporary abutment cap are removable from the temporary abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: T. Tait Robb, Stephen M. Herrington, Miguel Montero, Ralph E. Goodman, Dan P. Rogers, John J. Bellanca, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 8944818
    Abstract: A lower region of a temporary abutment includes an anti-rotational feature for non-rotationally mating with a dental implant. An upper region of the temporary abutment includes a first anti-rotational structure and at least one retention groove. A top surface of the temporary abutment includes one or more informational markers that provide information concerning the dental implant. A temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled to the upper region of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has at least one projection configured to mate with the at least one retention groove of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap has a second anti-rotational structure that is configured to slideably engage the first anti-rotational structure of the temporary abutment. The temporary abutment cap is configured to be coupled with a temporary prosthesis such that the temporary prosthesis and the temporary abutment cap are removable from the temporary abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: T. Tait Robb, Stephen M. Herrington, Miguel Montero, Ralph E. Goodman, Dan P. Rogers, John J. Bellanca, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20150017600
    Abstract: A scanning member includes a head portion and a body portion. The head portion has an at least partially flat top surface indicative of a first characteristic of a dental implant, an at least partially flat first side surface indicative of a second characteristic of the dental implant, and a second non-flat side surface that opposes the first side surface. The body portion has a non-rotational feature configured to non-rotationally couple the body portion to the dental implant. The body portion is physically attached to a bottom surface of the head portion to form a generally “T” shape. The scanning member has an internal through hole for receiving a screw to threadably couple with a threaded bore within the dental implant. A set of scanning members includes scanning members having different body portions configured to couple to dental implants from different manufacturers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Brandt M. Davis, Alexis C. Goolik, David Edward Beeby
  • Patent number: 8888486
    Abstract: A dental implant screw for holding an abutment on a dental implant includes a head and a shaft. A proximal end of the shaft is coupled to the head. The shaft includes a threaded section, an outwardly tapered section leading into a recessed section, and a stop section directly between the outwardly tapered section and the recessed section. The recessed section is directly between the head and the stop section. The threaded section is directly adjacent a distal end of the shaft and is configured to engage threads of an internally threaded bore in the dental implant to hold the abutment on the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph E. Goodman, John J. Bellanca, III, Zachary B. Suttin, Ross W. Towse
  • Patent number: 8882508
    Abstract: A scanning member includes a head portion and a body portion. The head portion has an at least partially flat top surface indicative of a first characteristic of a dental implant, an at least partially flat first side surface indicative of a second characteristic of the dental implant, and a second non-flat side surface that opposes the first side surface. The body portion has a non-rotational feature configured to non-rotationally couple the body portion to the dental implant. The body portion is physically attached to a bottom surface of the head portion to form a generally “T” shape. The scanning member has an internal through hole for receiving a screw to threadably couple with a threaded bore within the dental implant. A set of scanning members includes scanning members having different body portions configured to couple to dental implants from different manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Brandt M. Davis, Alexis C. Goolik, David Edward Beeby
  • Publication number: 20140272788
    Abstract: A dental restoration system is disclosed. The system includes an implant having a tip and an opposite cylindrical socket. The socket has an interior surface having a sloped rim surface and a groove with a vertical and horizontal channel. The system includes a dental component such as an abutment having a stem and an opposite post. The post includes a collar having a radial tab. The collar is attached to a conical interface surface. The tab slides in the vertical channel when the abutment is attached to the implant. The tab fits in the horizontal channel of the groove to lock the abutment in place when the abutment is rotated. The conical interface contacts the sloped rim surface of the cylindrical socket to create a seal when the tab is fit into the horizontal channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BIOMET 3I, LLC
    Inventor: John J Bellanca
  • Patent number: 8425230
    Abstract: The present inventions is an abutment for use with a dental implant. The abutment comprises a prosthetic portion adapted to support a prosthesis thereon and an insert. The prosthetic portion has a subgingival end and a supragingival region for protruding beyond gingiva adjacent to the dental implant. The prosthetic portion has a passageway extending therethrough. The passageway includes an enlarged retention groove and non-round section. The insert extends into the passageway and engages the subgingival end of the prosthetic portion. The insert includes flexible retention fingers that, upon insertion into the passageway, initially contract before reaching the enlarged retention groove and then expand outwardly into the enlarged retention groove to hold the insert onto the prosthetic portion. The insert also has a non-round section for mating with the non-round section of the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: Ross W. Towse, John J. Bellanca, Theodore M. Powell, Ralph E. Goodman
  • Publication number: 20130004915
    Abstract: A dental assembly for vertical attachment of an implant to a dental abutment for restorative dental procedures is disclosed. The implant includes a cylindrical body having an interior bore formed between a distal end and a proximal end. An abutment interface is formed on the proximal end of the cylindrical body. The interface includes a radial annular interior surface and a flat annular stop surface circumferentially bordering the interior bore. The assembly also includes an abutment including a stem and a post coupled to the stem. An interior bore is formed through the stem and the post. The abutment includes an interface section between the post and the stem. The interface section may include an annular radially curved exterior surface proximate to the post. The radially curved exterior surface and the circular flat surface interfaces with the abutment interface of the dental implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Dan P. Rogers, Stephen M. Herrington, Ross W. Towse, Ralph E. Goodman, Zachary B. Suttin, Isabel Scalise, Michael Bobby