29 Sep RESTORE FUNCTION AND PATIENT CONFIDENCE
The use of customized abutments is growing explosively, driven by better aesthetics, cost savings and CAD/CAM technology advancements. Esprit Dental makes it easy to design the customized abutment as a natural extension of the crown. Simply model the anatomy first to create the abutment and emergence profile with smooth transitions and optimal aesthetics.
Using implant abutments and all-ceramic restorations will provide natural looking aesthetics that will effectively match any remaining dentition. We ensure that metal-free implant restorations will be carefully shaded and contoured to provide patients with a beautiful smile and longterm gingival health.
The continual evolution in the field of implantology has provided the restorative dentist with changes in implant design, taper, surface coating and even surgical placement. Such improvements enable dentists to provide consistent and predictable restorative results. Most dental implants have 3 main components: the fixture, which anchors the implant to the bone; the abutment, the part that screws into the fixture and holds the crown in and the crown, which replaces the coronal portion of the tooth. Screw retained implants only have 2 components – the abutment is incorporated into the crown super-structure and is connected directly to the platform with a screw. In the past, there have been 2 main types of abutments available for restoring implants: stock or prefabricated abutments and custom cast abutments. Stock titanium abutments are available from Esprit Dental in a variety of shapes, sizes and angulations. They are adjusted or modified manually, either at the laboratory or in the surgery, to adapt the shape according to the position of the implant and the patient’s individual anatomy.
When there is an inadequate volume of metal for proper reduction to establish margin definition, antirotation and emergence profile necessitated by patient differences in tissue height and width, stock abutments offer fewer options. Depending on the location of the implant to the surrounding dentition or other implants, the abutment may need to be asymmetrical to gain parallelism. In other words, stock abutments may not have enough metal on either side to compensate for the implant that was placed in a non-ideal location. Although many successful restorations have been fabricated on stock abutments, severe limitations exist because of the size and shape of the stock abutments.