CAD/CAM abutment

Computer-Assisted Design and Computer-Assisted Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is a technology that uses computer software to design and manufacture implant abutments. The software uses the information from digital position recognition of the patient’s implant platform to create the custom abutment. This can assist in making a better-fitting abutment-to-implant connection. CAD/CAM abutments are often made of titanium bases due to the material’s biocompatibility and known hygienic characteristics. The use of titanium also creates a strong and corrosion-resistant implant base. CAD/CAM abutments can be made of Telio CAD abutment blocks. These blocks are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a durable material that can be shaped and polished to create a natural look. CAD/CAM technology can also be used to create custom healing abutments that better prepare the patient’s tissue for the CAD/CAM implant. Healing abutments created using this technology can require less re-contouring, thereby saving the patient from additional dental work and expense.