Combining Traditional and CAD/CAM Techniques for Simplifying Dental Implant Therapy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Matthias Karl
Prosthodontics Division, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Glückstraße 11, 91054, Erlangen, Germany
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 11, 2016 Accepted Date: January 28, 2016 Published Date: February 04 2016
Citation: Karl M, Schmidtler G (2016) Combining Traditional and CAD/CAM Techniques for Simplifying Dental Implant Therapy. J Med Imp Surg 1:103.
Copyright: © 2016 Karl M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Despite the undisputed advantages of dental implant therapy, a considerable number of patients cannot benefit from such treatment due to limited financial resources. In addition to the advent of reliable low-cost implant systems, the use of Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) for fabricating implant-supported restorations may help to overcome this problem. This article presents a clinical case of two implants inserted in the fourth quadrant and restored with a cementretained Fixed Dental Prosthesis (FDP). The implant system used featured a pre-mounted multipurpose abutment used for implant insertion, impression making and as a basis for the definitive restoration. Following manual adaptation of these abutments for achieving a common path of insertion, a three-unit FDP was manufactured using a CAD/CAM system. By combining old-school and up-to-date prosthetic fabrication techniques it was possible to successfully restore this patient in a reliable and esthetic way.