Mostly, scan bodies (see above image) will follow two types of workflows.
First, when choosing scan bodies from major implant manufacturers, expect it to take more time and be at a higher price point.
The second option is to utilize scan bodies from 3rd party manufacturers.
At Burbank Dental Lab, we have had great success with cases using scan bodies from manufacturers such as NT-Trading and Medentika. Before making a decision it is good practice to call the lab and speak with the implant specialist and get a recommendation on which scan body to use with the implant being replaced. These companies fully support most major implant platforms.
By utilizing this workflow, the benefits include:
- Value pricing
- Reduced turnaround time
- Precision parts
Once the scan body is selected, the digital impression process can begin. The following scans should be taken:
- A scan of the tissue
- A scan of the scan body
- A scan of the antagonist
This data can then be transmitted to Burbank Dental Lab, where some of the most advanced CAD/CAM technologies are used to design a custom abutment (Smart1). These abutments are designed utilizing the parameters of the existing soft tissue and provide natural emergence profiles and contours. Once the abutment has been created, a crown can be fabricated to fit over the abutment. This can either be made as a screw-retained restoration or cement-retained.
Utilizing the proper impression technique is the first step. The design of the implant-abutment is critical in ensuring proper fit and function. Computer-aided design and computer-aided machining (CAD/CAM) has dramatically improved the ability to create custom abutments that provide excellent fit and promote healthy tissue. Specifically, Smart1 implants by Burbank Dental Lab utilize the most advanced CAD/CAM technology to ensure superior fit, contours, and emergence profiles.