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Seating crowns on implant abutments


April 16, 2011
by ken

The word NEXUS has been in my lexicon for 137 years. It was “stolen” from Avrum King who wrote a newsletter back in the 70’s and 80’s on practice management. His background or so he claimed was rumour and propaganda psychology which today would be a phenomenal fit for politicians and dental companies……humour (arh, arh).  The continued intent of this blog is to NEXUS the fabulous array of dental information that can be derived from the blogosphere. One of my rave faves is DentistryIQ.com – enjoy


Seating a crown on an implant abutment is not the same as seating a crown on a natural tooth. Establishing proper interproximal contact strength may be more difficult with an implant restoration and may frustrate the dentist. Consideration of the different clinical conditions will show the best way to achieve success quickly and predictably.

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Interproximal contacts are developed when the restoration is bigger in the mesio-distal dimension than the space into which it is placed. If the restoration is too small, the contact will be open or not give resistance to the passage of floss. If it is too large, the restoration will not fit during try-in. The goal is to achieve interproximal contacts that are correct in strength as well as location.

When a crown is placed on a natural tooth, the tooth and its neighbors all shift slightly to accommodate placement of the oversized restoration. The adjacent teeth are slightly displaced and the tooth with the restoration self-centers in the space. Because of the movement of the prepared tooth, it is possible to achieve success with a contact that is slightly heavier on one side or the other. The pressure evens out very quickly. Unfortunately, this is not the case with crowns placed on implant abutments.

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