Written by Bill Abbo, DDS Monday, 31 August 2009 19:00
Figure 1. Implant abutments placed on the correct position.
Figure 2. Acrylic resin jig engaging all implant abutments. Note screw hole in the jig.
Figure 3. Implant abutments placed on dental implants using an acrylic resin jig.
|Figure 4. Frontal view of dental implant abutments placed in the correct position, after removal of the acrylic resin jig.|
|Figure 5. Final restorations placed onto the dental implant abutments.|
The correct placement of dental abutments is imperative to achieve the proper cementation of the restorations. When multiple abutments are being placed, the smallest discrepancy in positioning of the implant abutment will prevent the restoration from fitting properly. In many cases without a jig, the treating dentist can spend valuable time figuring out the correct positioning of the dental abutments. With the use of a placement jig, these concerns can be alleviated and a much smoother placement appointment can be realized (Figure 5).
Dr. Abbo earned his dental degree from Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2002. He completed a 3-year master program in prosthodontics at the University of Michigan in 2006 and was then appointed clinical lecturer for its prosthodontic department. While teaching, he practiced dentistry in a private dental practice as well as in the University Prosthodontic Clinic for a period of 2 years. He has published numerous articles in various dental journals and has lectured and conducted workshops both nationally and internationally. His topics of interest have included dental implants, all-ceramic restorations, and aesthetics. Currently, Dr. Abbo owns a private practice in North Miami Beach, Fla, has state-of-the-art technology, and is committed to excellence—providing his patients with optimal dental care in a warm and caring environment. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Disclosure: Dr. Abbo reports no conflict of interest.
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