How to Use a Prefabricated Straumann® Anatomic IPS E.max Abutment to Enhance Esthetics

Nelson Rego, CDT · Technical · Apr 2011

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 4: Rego measured the soft tissue and, since this is a bone-level implant, chose a Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max abutment with a 3.5-mm gingival cuff height (a 2.0mm gingival cuff height is also available). A cuff height of 3mm or more is often required for placing the margins near the gum line on bone-level implants. Therefore, a 3.5mm abutment equates to a 4.5mm depth for the bone-level implant, with it still being “in the zone.” It’s important to keep the implant abutment margins approximately 1mm subgingival in order to facilitate cement clean up.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 8: IPS e.max CAD is lithium disilicate glass ceramic in a soft state that can be milled and, at this stage, exhibits an unusual bluish color. Upon receiving the restoration from the Straumann milling center, Rego carefully fit it on the model and cut back the blue material to create the room necessary for the incisal porcelain.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Rego tried the Straumann IPS e.max abutment on the soft tissue model; this is a secondary soft tissue impression.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 10: The IPS e.max CAD framework after crystallization; note the esthetic optical properties of the material.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 11: Rego added IPS e.max ceram gingival and incisal porcelains to mimic the patient’s natural dentition and then fired it.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 9: Rego applied stains to the IPS e.max CAD framework before the crystallization process.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 14: The final restoration is functional as well as esthetically pleasing to both Dr. Hovden and the patient.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 13: The definitive abutment is seated and torqued down; note the soft tissue contours.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 12: He then glazed the restoration, fit it on the model and returned it to Dr. Hovden.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 6: On the working model, Rego carefully prepared a prefabricated 3.5mm Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max abutment using a high-speed handpiece and copious amounts of water.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 7: He placed the abutment on the working model, fabricated a full-contour waxup, scanned it using the Straumann CAD/CAM Scanner and ordered a high-translucency IPS e.max CAD crown in shade B1 from the Straumann milling center.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 1: A 29-year-old man presented with a failing root canal tooth; the previous crown and post were missing. The patient requested another crown, but the radiograph indicated the presence of a root fracture, thereby necessitating tooth extraction.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 2:When given the option of a bridge or implant, the patient selected an implant, which was immediately placed. Due to the patient’s exceptional bone quality, the dental team also decided to immediately load a temporary restoration. To ensure the design of the temporary restoration was ideal, Nelson Rego fabricated a waxup. Dr. Ken Hovden placed a prefabricated temporary abutment in the patient’s mouth and then filled the matrix that was created from the waxup with bis-acrylic temporary material. This matrix was then seated in the mouth to create a screw-retained custom temporary. This allowed the patient to “test-drive” the restoration and discuss any features that required modification, and enabled Dr. Hovden to develop the implant gingival architecture immediately upon implant placement.

  • Nelson Rego, CDT

    Owner at Smile Designs by Rego

    Step 3: Dr. Hovden took a separate impression of the tissue.

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