Restoring Implants: 4 Steps to an Accurate Digital Impression (1 CEU)
Increasingly, clinicians are streamlining treatment by capturing implant impressions with an intraoral scanner. Moving toward a digital workflow has many benefits, including saving time by eliminating outbound shipping, the ability to review scans for distortions and anomalies, and — when proper techniques are applied — a precise-fitting restoration that can be delivered with relative ease.
Once your patient’s tissue is fully healed and ready for final crown placement, you can proceed with the digital impression procedure.
Before continuing to the bite scan, remove the scan body if you haven’t already, and replace it with a healing abutment or provisional.
Throughout the scanning process, you should be quality-checking your scans, confirming that they are clean and readable. Here are some things you can do to ensure quality scans.
It is important to know how to take reliable digital impressions suitable for lab fabrication of the final implant restoration. Using a scanner allows clinicians to review their impressions and correct any inaccuracies before sending them to the lab. After completely seating the scan body and capturing the digital impression, the ability to doublecheck and review your work can save time in the long run, delivering high-quality, predictable restorations that your patients will love.