Using Transitional Custom Abutments for Enhanced Aesthetics Results in Implant-Supported Restorations
Ernesto A. Lee, DMD
As the discipline of implant prosthodontics continues to evolve, additional emphasis has been focused on the role of adequate emergence profiles and peri-implant soft tissue contours. Despite the development of anatomically shaped healing abutments, currently advocated techniques exhibit clinical limitations. This podcast introduces the transitional custom abutment technique as a method of manipulating the supraimplant soft tissue contours so that optimal emergence profiles and increased restorative flexibility can be achieved in the treatment of patients with compromised fixture angulation.
*Clinical Assistant Professor, Postdoctoral Periodontal Prosthesis, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; private practice, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
This podcast discusses the rationale, indications, and technical aspects related to the clinical application of transitional custom abutments. Upon completing this podcast, the listener should:
- Possess an increased familiarity with the technical protocol required to use transitional custom abutments clinically.
- Demonstrate improved awareness of the benefits afforded by this restorative technique.
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