One of the challenges of creating surgical guides for full arch restorations is making a scan with a radio-opaque material. Typically, an interim prosthesis is in place prior to the scan and final prosthesis.

There are many different ways to get this done; replicate the denture and make a barium infused duplicate, make a vacuform over the denture and paint the inside with barium, or use the denture and paint the denture with barium. All have the benefit of giving the surgeon and restorative dentist tooth position of the denture teeth relative to the bone and proposed implant sites.

Great Lakes Ortho has just introduced a new radio-opaque material to be used with their MiniStar device. It has the advantage of being visible on the scan without painting anything on the denture or into an overlay and the added benefit of uniform radio-opacity. That uniformity results in a crystal clear scan and very clear tooth shape.


Commenter's Profile Image Fred
May 28th, 2013
Cool! What is the material called?
Commenter's Profile Image DR FARHAN DURRANI
May 30th, 2013
Commenter's Profile Image Steve Ratcliff
May 30th, 2013
The name of the new material from Great Lakes is Formax biocryl As far as commercial names for Barium. I just look up barium powder in the dental supply catalogs Steve
Commenter's Profile Image Adam Randazzo
June 10th, 2013
Great article Steve! Just to correct one minor thing, the product actually called Form-X, it can be found here: