Patents by Inventor Zachary B. Suttin

Zachary B. Suttin 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).

  • Publication number: 20220151751
    Abstract: Various implant analogs and dental modeling techniques are disclosed herein. The implant analogs are versatile and can be used in traditional modeling techniques or in rapid-prototyping techniques for producing dental models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Esther Moran, Miguel Montero, Jorge Londono, Isabel-Marie Scalise, Jason Schinis, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 11331168
    Abstract: A dental implant with a specialized thread arrangement is disclosed. The dental implant includes a cylindrical upper section and a tapered lower section coupled to the cylindrical upper section. A helical thread is located on the exterior surface of the cylindrical upper section and the tapered lower section. A path is defined by the helical thread. The helical thread has a section on the exterior surface of the cylindrical body section and a section on the tapered body section. A cutting tooth is formed on the helical thread where the thread section on the cylindrical body section transitions into the thread section on the tapered body section. The cutting tooth allows minimal torque to be applied to create stability of the implant by cutting into the dense part of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: Dan P Rogers, Zachary B Suttin
  • Publication number: 20220104922
    Abstract: A method of placing a dental implant analog in a physical model for use in creating a dental prosthesis is provided. The physical model, which is usually based on an impression of the patient's mouth or a scan of the patient's mouth, is prepared. The model is scanned. A three-dimensional computer model of the physical model is created and is used to develop the location of the dental implant. A robot then modifies the physical model to create an opening for the implant analog. The robot then places the implant analog within the opening at the location dictated by the three-dimensional computer model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B. Suttin, Dan P. Rogers, T. Tait Robb, Alexis C. Goolik
  • Publication number: 20220104921
    Abstract: A dental implant system including an implant and an abutment is disclosed. The implant includes a generally cylindrical body, a central axis, a distal end for anchoring in a patient's bone and a proximal end opposing the distal end. The proximal end includes a roughened lateralized surface that surrounds an abutment-engaging region. The lateralized surface is disposed at a negative slope relative to the central axis. The abutment includes an upper portion for supporting a tooth-like prosthesis and a lower portion for engaging the abutment-engaging region of the dental implant. The diameter of the lower portion of the abutment is smaller than the diameter of the implant at its proximal end. The lower portion includes a first surface with a soft-tissue enhancing material. The first surface and the lateralized surface defining a circumferentially extending recess having a V-shaped cross-section for receiving and attachment to the soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Ross W. Towse, Michael D. Scalise, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20220096023
    Abstract: The invention relates to manufacturing a surgical guide to be placed in a patient's mouth. The patient's mouth is scanned to obtain surgical-region scan data at a region where an implant is to be located. The patient's mouth is also scanned in the opened position to acquire dental conditions opposite from the surgical region so as to obtain opposing-condition scan data. A virtual model is developed using the surgical-region scan data and the opposing-condition scan data. Using the virtual model, a surgical plan is developed that includes the location of the implant to be installed in the patient. A virtual surgical guide is also developed based on the surgical plan. The dimensions of instrumentation to be used with the surgical guide are checked to ensure they will tit within the mouth by use of the opposing-condition scan data. After checking, final surgical-guide manufacturing information is obtained for manufacturing the surgical guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20220087790
    Abstract: A dental restoration system is disclosed. A dental restoration system includes an implant, retention component, dental component and driver tool. The retention component is seatable in a retention chamber of the implant. The retention component includes a driver section for interfacing with a driving head of the driver tool and a dental component engagement section with a threaded surface. The dental component includes a retention component interface surface with threads. The dental component engages the retention component via the threaded surface interlocking with the threads of the retention component interface surface when the dental component is inserted in the implant. The driver tool is used to rotate the retention component to engage the dental component apically. The retention component contacts the retention component wall and the dental component contacts an annular shoulder of the implant when the dental component is fully attached to the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Miguel Montero, Zachary B. Suttin, David Rebollar
  • Patent number: 11273020
    Abstract: Various implant analogs and dental modeling techniques are disclosed herein. The implant analogs are versatile and can be used in traditional modeling techniques or in rapid-prototyping techniques for producing dental models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Esther Moran, Miguel Montero, Jorge Londono, Isabel Scalise, Jason Schinis, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20220016843
    Abstract: A method for making a rapid prototype of a patient's mouth to be used in the design and fabrication of a dental prosthesis. The method takes an impression of a mouth including a first installation site having a dental implant installed in the first installation site and a gingival healing abutment having at least one informational marker attached to the dental implant. A stone model is prepared based on the impression, including teeth models and model markers indicative of the at least one informational marker. The model is scanned. Scan data is generated from the scanning. The scan data is transferred to a CAD program. A three-dimensional model of the installation site is created in the CAD program. The at least one informational marker is determined to gather information for manufacturing the rapid prototype. Rapid prototype dimensional information is developed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Theodore M Powell, John T Amber, Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 11219511
    Abstract: A method of placing a dental implant analog in a physical model for use in creating a dental prosthesis is provided. The physical model, which is usually based on an impression of the patient's mouth or a scan of the patient's mouth, is prepared. The model is scanned. A three-dimensional computer model of the physical model is created and is used to develop the location of the dental implant. A robot then modifies the physical model to create an opening for the implant analog. The robot then places the implant analog within the opening at the location dictated by the three-dimensional computer model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B. Suttin, Dan P Rogers, T. Tait Robb, Alexis C. Goolik
  • Patent number: 11213372
    Abstract: A dental restoration system is disclosed. A dental restoration system includes an implant, retention component, dental component and driver tool. The retention component is sealable in a retention chamber of the implant. The retention component includes a driver section for interfacing with a driving head of the driver tool and a dental component engagement section with a threaded surface. The dental component includes a retention component interface surface with threads. The dental component engages the retention component via the threaded surface interlocking with the threads of the retention component interface surface when the dental component is inserted in the implant. The driver tool is used to rotate the retention component to engage the dental component apically. The retention component contacts the retention component wall and the dental component contacts an annular shoulder of the implant when the dental component is fully attached to the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Miguel Montero, Zachary B. Suttin, David Rebollar
  • Patent number: 11207153
    Abstract: The present invention is a surgical guide for guiding the insertion of a dental implant into a desired location in a patient's mouth. The implant includes a non-rotational structure. The surgical guide includes a structure and a master tube. The structure has a negative impression surface to be fitted on and placed over gingival tissue, bone, and/or teeth in the patient's mouth. The structure includes an opening through which the dental implant is placed. The master tube is located at the opening. The master tube includes indicia for alignment with the non-rotational structure on the implant such that the non-rotational structure of the implant is at a known angular orientation with respect to the master tube. The present invention includes kits of various components used with the surgical guide and with the dental surgery using the surgical guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary B. Suttin, T. Tait Robb, Bruce Berckmans, III, Ralph E. Goodman, Theodore M. Powell
  • Publication number: 20210386513
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dental components used for guiding the insertion of a dental implant into a desired location in a patient's mouth using a surgical guide including a master tube. The present invention includes various components that can be used with the surgical guide and during a dental procedure using the surgical guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Michelle Kofron, Joseph DePastino, Esther Moran, Zachary B. Suttin, Miguel G. Montero, Alexander Chelminski
  • Publication number: 20210369420
    Abstract: A method of providing an accurate three-dimensional scan of a dental arch area is disclosed. The arch area has two segments and a connecting area between the two segments. The connecting area has homogeneous features. A connecting-geometry tool with at least one definable feature is affixed to the arch area. The definable feature overlays at least part of the connecting area. The arch area is scanned to produce a scanned dataset of the arch area. The definable feature of the connecting-geometry tool on the connection area is determined based on the scanned dataset. The dimensions of the arch area are determined based on the data relating to the definable features from the scanned dataset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Zachary B. Suttin, Joell Cruz
  • Patent number: 11166792
    Abstract: A dental implant system including an implant and an abutment is disclosed. The implant includes a generally cylindrical body, a central axis, a distal end for anchoring in a patient's bone and a proximal end opposing the distal end. The proximal end includes a roughened lateralized surface that surrounds an abutment-engaging region. The lateralized surface is disposed at a negative slope relative to the central axis. The abutment includes an upper portion for supporting a tooth-like prosthesis and a lower portion for engaging the abutment-engaging region of the dental implant. The diameter of the lower portion of the abutment is smaller than the diameter of the implant at its proximal end. The lower portion includes a first surface with a soft-tissue enhancing material. The first surface and the lateralized surface defining a circumferentially extending recess having a V-shaped cross-section for receiving and attachment to the soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Ross W. Towse, Michael D. Scalise, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 11154258
    Abstract: The invention relates to manufacturing a surgical guide to be placed in a patient's mouth. The patient's mouth is scanned to obtain surgical-region scan data at a region where an implant is to be located. The patient's mouth is also scanned in the opened position to acquire dental conditions opposite from the surgical region so as to obtain opposing-condition scan data. A virtual model is developed using the surgical-region scan data and the opposing-condition scan data. Using the virtual model, a surgical plan is developed that includes the location of the implant to be installed in the patient. A virtual surgical guide is also developed based on the surgical plan. The dimensions of instrumentation to be used with the surgical guide are checked to ensure they will fit within the mouth by use of the opposing-condition scan data. After checking, final surgical-guide manufacturing information is obtained for manufacturing the surgical guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B Suttin
  • Publication number: 20210307879
    Abstract: A dental implant for insertion into bone within a patient's mouth comprises a body and a scannable code. The body includes a bone-engaging exterior surface, an anti-rotational feature for non-rotationally mating with an abutment, and an upper region. The upper region includes an upper surface for engaging the abutment. The scannable code on the upper surface provides information concerning the dental implant. The information includes at least two features of the dental implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Ross W. Towse, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 11065090
    Abstract: A dental implant for insertion into bone within a patient's mouth comprises a body and a scannable code. The body includes a bone-engaging exterior surface, an anti-rotational feature for non-rotationally mating with an abutment, and an upper region. The upper region includes an upper surface for engaging the abutment. The scannable code on the upper surface provides information concerning the dental implant. The information includes at least two features of the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Biom et 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Ross W. Towse, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 11046006
    Abstract: A method for making a rapid prototype of a patient's mouth to be used in the design and fabrication of a dental prosthesis. The method takes an impression of a mouth including a first installation site having a dental implant installed in the first installation site and a gingival healing abutment having at least one informational marker attached to the dental implant. A stone model is prepared based on the impression, including teeth models and model markers indicative of the at least one informational marker. The model is scanned. Scan data is generated from the scanning. The scan data is transferred to a CAD program. A three-dimensional model of the installation site is created in the CAD program. The at least one informational marker is determined to gather information for manufacturing the rapid prototype. Rapid prototype dimensional information is developed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore M. Powell, John T. Amber, Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Publication number: 20210192096
    Abstract: A method and system of selecting a surface finish for a computer designed component associated with an anatomical area of a specific patient. A computer designed component is created. The component includes at least one surface. An interface of finishing software displays an image of the component and the at least one surface. A plurality of finishes available for the at least one surface is displayed. A selection of one of the plurality of finishes for the at least one surface is input by a user. The component data and finishing data may then be sent to a computer aided manufacturing system to manufacture the computer designed component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Zachary B. Suttin, Ross W. Towse
  • Publication number: 20210177554
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a base, a grounding arm, a working arm, and one or more sensors. The grounding arm extends from the base and is configured to be coupled to a fixed structure within the mouth of the patient for establishing an origin for the robotic system. The working arm extends from the base and is configured to be coupled with one or more tools for use during an installation of a dental implant in the mouth. The one or more sensors are for monitoring positions of the grounding arm and/or the working arm and to generate positional data that is used to create a post-operative virtual three-dimensional model of at least a portion of the mouth of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Zachary B. Suttin, Stephen S. Porter