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Computer-Generated Abutment Using A Coded Healing Abutment: A Two-Year Preliminary Report Computer-Generated Abutment Using A Coded Healing Abutment: A Two-Year Preliminary Report

Author(s):

Dean C. Vafiadis, DDS

Date Added:

8/1/2007


Summary:

This article presents a preliminary clinical evaluation following the placement of 107 dental implants covered with computer-coded healing abutments. The healing abutment system evaluated herein provided information to specific computer software that facilitated the delivery of an anatomical definitive abutment. This system also assisted in the development of a titanium abutment whose characteristics mimicked the natural contours of the teeth being replaced. A two-year postoperative evaluation was performed to evaluate occlusion, gingival integrity, contact areas, inflammation, food impaction, porcelain integrity, radiographic condition and overall patient satisfaction. Improved tissue response and resultant aesthetics were observed.

Learning Objectives:

This article describes the clinical procedure associated with the placement of CAD/CAM-fabricated, implant-supported restorations. Upon reading this article, the reader should:

  • Understand the long-term clinical implications of the use of a CAD/CAM implant system.
  • Be aware of the advantages and considerations associated with the placement and success of implant-supported restorations.


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