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Treatment guidelines

Direct to implant vs. abutment

Key points

  • A prosthesis directly supported by implants is indicated when inter-arch distance is limited
  • A prosthesis supported by abutments is indicated when implant angulation needs to be corrected, especially for screw-retained prosthesis designs
  • Abutments designed for cement-retained restorations are preferred in situations where an access screw hole is not desired
  • For a prosthesis directly supported by implants, soft tissues around implants must be carefully manipulated during impression and trial placement appointments

Clinical topics

Prosthetic strategies
Prosthetic materials
Implant prosthetics
Implant concepts
Fixed prosthetics
Peri-implant therapy

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