The “Scalloped Guide”: A Proof-of-Concept Technique for a Digitally Streamlined, Pink-Free Full-Arch Implant Protocol
Inadequate restorative space can result in mechanical, biologic, and esthetic
complications with full-arch fixed implant-supported prosthetics. As such,
clinicians often reduce bone to create clearance. The aim of this paper was
to present a protocol using stacking computer-aided design/computerassisted
manufacturing (CAD/CAM) guides to minimize and accurately
obtain the desired bone reduction, immediately place prosthetically guided
implants, and load a provisional that replicates predetermined tissue contour.
This protocol can help clinicians minimize bone reduction and place the
implants in an ideal position that allows them to emerge from the soft tissue
interface with a natural, pink-free zirconia fixed dental prostheses.