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What Are the Material Choices for Implants?

- Sep 19, 2018 -

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Porcelain fused to metal

The long-term reliability of PFM can hide metal abutments due to layering of opaque porcelain. Various gold alloy content alloys are available. 


Porcelain-fused-to-zirconia 

This metal-free option is strong, aesthetic and opaque enough to hide metal abutments beneath it. 


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IPS e.max®

Lithium disilicate offers superb aesthetics but has structural limitations. If used on metal abutment, opaquing is needed.
For optimal aesthetics anteriorly, IPS emax® should be placed over a zirconia abutment.


Ceramic-Composite Hybrids  

(eg. Lava™ Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative, CERAMAGE®)

These offer a more resilient material and cushion the implant against occlusal forces

Some ceramic-composite hybrids can be:

applied to  a titanium or cobalt chromium abutment

bonded onto a titanium base or

used as a cement-retained crown on a zirconia abutment

Hybrids can be readily repaired.


Fully milled zirconia 


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A high-strength metal-free material which is produced using a CAD/CAM process, allowing excellent marginal adaptation. Care with adjustment is required. Careful case selection is necessary to minimise wear of the opposing dentition.