Laboratory analog

A laboratory analog is a replica of an implant, abutment, or attachment mechanism, usually incorporated within a cast for a prosthetic reconstruction. The analog provides a replica which shows the exact position of a patient’s implant. It is made by taking an impression of the patient’s teeth and implants and using that impression to create a copy which exactly shows the anatomy of the implant as it exists in the patient’s mouth. This allows a dental professional to build the prosthesis and properly place the abutments. The use of a laboratory analog can cut down on error involving the placement of implants and implant abutments. There is software available, such as an analog lab app, which can aid in the process of creating a replica. In addition, the use of the lab 3 manual will provide technicians with the instructions needed to properly utilize the software.