Chairside protocol for posterior single-unit implant restorations in a complete digital workflow

  • T. Joda | Department of Reconstructive Dentistry & Gerodontology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern; Department of Reconstructive Dentistry; University Center for Dental Medicine Basel, University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • M. Ferrari Department of Prosthodontics & Dental Materials, School of Dental Medicine, University of Siena, Italy Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Leeds, UK Research Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, TUFTS University, Boston, United States.


Aim: Introduction of a step-wise sequence for chairside treatment with a posterior single-unit implant restoration in a complete digital workflow.

Materials and Methods: The case report describes the surgical and prosthodontic workflows for the rehabilitation with an implant crown using Computer-Assisted Implant Dentistry (CAID): starting with digital data acquisition and virtual treatment planning, followed by guided implant placement including digital impression-taking, and finally CAD/CAM-processing and -production of the implant crown.

Results: The entire treatment protocol plus technical work steps are integrated in a validated seamless process using original-to-original implant components for in-house production.

Conclusions: Surgical and prosthodontic protocols for the treatment with monolithic implant crowns using CAID in a complete digital workflow without any physical models have to be considered in place of conventional manufacturing.


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Implant Dentistry; Digital Workflow; Chairside Dentistry; Computer-Assisted Implant Dentistry (CAID); Guided Implant Surgery; Monolithic Restoration
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