Esthetic considerations for reconstructing implant emergence profile using titanium and zirconia custom implant abutments: Fifty case series report

Ahmad Kutkut, Osama Abu-Hammad, Richard Mitchell

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Abstract

Titanium and zirconia custom implant abutments are now commonly used for esthetic implant dentistry. Custom implant abutments allow the clinician to improve an implant's emergence profile, to customize cervical margins in accordance with the anatomy of the natural root, and to compensate for poor implant angulation. All of these are essential for optimum esthetic outcomes. Computer-aided design/computer-aided machining (CAD/CAM) technology allows the clinician to design custom implant abutment configurations and create natural-looking superstructures that are in harmony with the adjacent dentition and soft tissue. The CAD=CAM technique provides precise fit, reduces the cost of the procedure, and eliminates dimensional inaccuracies inherent in the conventional waxing and casting technique. The aim of this report is to describe a simplified technique for reconstructing emergence profiles during implant restoration using milled titanium and zirconia custom implant abutments. The results of 50 consecutive cases are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-561
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Oral Implantology
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Custom abutment
  • Dental implant
  • Titanium
  • Zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery

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