Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Dental Technique| Volume 114, ISSUE 4, P479-481, October 2015

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Flexible thermoplastic resin to add retention to tooth-supported stereolithographic surgical guides


      Surgical guides produced by stereolithography use hard resin. The hard resin prevents seating beyond the height of contour, hence these guides are not intrinsically retentive. By covering the guide with a flexible thermoplastic material that extends into the undercuts, the resulting guide now has a retentive feature. This allows it to maintain its position during surgery yet it can easily be removed and repositioned.
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