Zimmer Biomet and RTI Surgical Holdings are donating a supply of dental implants and wound care products to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Foundation (AAIDF) for an initiative benefitting veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Under the partnership, Zimmer Biomet donated thousands of collagen wound care products that will be used in socket preservation procedures preparing veterans to receive dental implant therapy. RTI’s donation includes allograft implants that provide options for veterans undergoing dental implant therapy.
“While we are proud to serve patients around the globe, as a US-based company, we are honored to help restore quality of life to the men and women who bravely protected us,” said Mike Ursu, MD, global associate director, professional relations, Zimmer Biomet Dental.
“A person’s dental health has a significant impact on their overall health and quality of life,” said Olivier Visa, vice president, OEM, sports and donor services, RTI Surgical. “We are privileged to join Zimmer Biomet to give back to our nation’s veterans by helping improve their access to quality dental care.”
The material used for implants plays a significant role in promoting enhanced bone healing for some patient populations, including veterans, with higher rates of pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and certain cancers, the companies report. Through the AAIDF initiative, they add, dental procedures will be available to even more veterans.
“Giving something as simple as a smile to those who have given and sacrificed so much for this country is an honor. Humanitarian efforts are important to the AAID Foundation Board, and we look forward to expanding programs to support our country’s heroes,” said Larry Bush, DDS, AAIDF chairman.
“The AAID is proud to ask our approximately 800 credentialed members to help implement this new initiative from our foundation to help veterans feel more confident about their smiles,” said Natalie Wong, DDS, AAID president.
The donated Zimmer Biomet wound care products include RegenePro Plug and RegenePro Sponge, which are made of 100% purified type I bovine collagen. Through a proprietary manufacturing technology, these products take the shape of the wound, absorb the fluids to stabilize it, and help to accelerate healing.
RTI items will include several implants manufactured by RTI and distributed by Zimmer Biomet as part of their partnership, such as Puros Demineralized Bone Matrix Putty, Puros Cortical Particulate Allograft and Puros Cancellous Particulate Allograft.