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The Use of CAD/CAM Technology in Implant Abutment Design

CAD/CAM Technology in Implant Abutment Design - Dental CE Credit
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

Bradley Bockhorst, DMD; and Dzevad Ceranic, CDT

Implant restorations are not a one-size-fits-all proposition. For long-term health and stability, each should be carefully customized to address the presenting clinical conditions. Serving as the interface between implant and restoration, an implant abutment customized with state-of-the-art digital technology can go a long way toward optimizing those restorative conditions. Upon reviewing the discussion between Glidewell Laboratories' Dr. Bradley Bockhorst and Dzevad Ceranic, CDT, readers should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how this technology is used in implant abutment design, including the following considerations:

  • Abutment materials
  • Transgingival design options
  • Emergence profile
  • Margins
  • Angle correction
  • Crown support and retention


Implant abutments custom-designed and milled with today's digital CAD/CAM techniques offer several clinical advantages over prefabricated abutments. Utilizing anterior and posterior case examples, Glidewell Laboratories' Dr. Bradley Bockhorst and Dzevad Ceranic, CDT, discuss the parameters for ensuring proper margins, angle correction, crown support, emergence profile and more.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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