Custom Dental Implant Abutments Using CAD-CAM Technology

On February 16, 2011, in Blog, Implants, by Harold Gulbransen

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:12

Custom Dental Implant Abutments


What are custom dental implant abutments?  

Dental implant abutments transfer the load from the dental prosthesis to the titanium dental implant fixture.  Over the years dentists have been frustrated by the lack of different abutment choices available for their patient’s implant restoration.  Stock abutments were the only available choices.  New advances in CAD-CAM procedures are now making it possible for dentists to create abutments that are customized for each of their individual patients needs.

CAD-CAM stands for Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.  

This technology allows the dentist and the laboratory to design very specific abutments that are custom manufactured to suit the individual needs of each patient.  Using CAD-CAM technology, custom abutments are manufactured using scan data from the patient’s dental castings in conjunction with state of the art software and milling equipment.

Why is this so exciting?  

Dentists are now able to take into account individual differences in patient’s anatomy and implant restorations.  In short, it customizes every patient’s treatment plan.  Dr. Gulbransen and Dr. Recksiedler, trained prosthodontists, use this CAD-CAM technology to restore dental implants with custom dental implant abutments.


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