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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

A technique for making a diagnostic and surgical template

      Abstract

      Implant-supported restorations can restore function and esthetics provided that the implants are placed in the predetermined location and properly angulated. This article describes the fabrication of a diagnostic template incorporating a silicone radiopaque marker as a guide for achieving 3-dimensional evaluation of bone without artifacts using computed tomography. The diagnostic template may be easily transformed into a surgical template by removing the silicone marker.
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