Using an Intraoral Scanner to Fabricate Custom Abutments

Intraoral scanning is another way digital workflows are used in dentistry. To create custom abutments with a digital scanner, attach a scan body (compatible with your implant system) and scan like you would a prepped tooth. The digital impression is sent to the lab and the lab software orients the implant fixture according to the scan body position. The lab then designs the final abutment, mills it and can either send a model of the final abutment to fabricate a restoration or mill both crown and abutment digitally. The benefits of the digital workflow are less mess, less time and streamlined restorations. As you wade into digital workflows makes sure you have parts and pieces that are compatible with your implant system.

Custom abutments are just one example of how scanners are now being used in implant procedures. We’re sure to see them become more prevalent in field for fabricating everything from surgical guides to mouth guards.

Author: Joel Henriod, DDS, MHS

A graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr. Henriod served as Chief Resident during his Periodontic Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Henriod is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Maxillofacial Radiology, American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, California Dental Association and California Society of Periodontists. Dr. Henriod maintains a private practice, Pasadena Periodontics and Dental Implants, and is certified in LANAP.