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Dentists asked to review Straumann implant cases to help identify deceased woman

April 11, 2016

By Kelly Soderlund

Rendering: A sketch of what the unidentified woman may look like.
Hamilton, Ohio — A coroner's office in Ohio is hoping dentists can help identify a deceased woman through her dental implants manufactured by Straumann Dental.

In March 2015, skeletonized remains were found in Butler County, Ohio, appearing to be a white female between 35-60 years old and likely around 5 feet 6 inches. She had natural brown hair with some gray at the time of her death, according to Lisa K. Mannix, M.D., Butler County coroner. The woman was edentulous and used full upper and lower dentures, the lower being an implant-retained full lower denture.

Dr. Mannix sent a letter to every dentist and dental practice that received implants manufactured at Straumann in 2003.

Check files: The woman had dental implants manufactured by Straumann Dental.
"The specific implants are 4.8 SX Body x 6.5 Wide Neck Restorative Platform, Lot #1014 and either a 6 or 8 mm length, per Straumann/ITI," the letter states. "The decedent had MIDI-type temporary dental mini-implants, likely placed to stabilize the full lower denture while the permanent implants integrated. A unique finding in the case is the fact that on the left side of her mandible, the extra oral attachment head on the mini-implant had been cut off when the locater-retained permanent implants were engaged with her full lower denture. The endosseous bodies of the mini-implant remained in her mandible."

Dr. Mannix asks that dentists who may have used Straumann implants review their patients from 2003 until March 2015 and contact the Butler County Coroner's Office at 1-513-785-5860 or email coronertips@butlercountyohio.org if they have any information.

With: A radiograph shows the locator abutments in place with the mini-implant in between them.

Without: A radiograph shows the locator abutments removed.