Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Clinical application of a shape memory implant abutment system

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      An innovative abutment system has recently been developed to address the well-known limitations of screw- and cement-retained implant restorations. This abutment system offers retrievability by replacing the cement layer with a precision-engineered nickel-titanium sleeve that switches between shapes that lock and unlock the prosthesis. The avoidance of cement precludes cement-related periimplant complications, while the elimination of occlusal screw access holes may enable predictable control over occlusion and improve the structural integrity of the prosthesis. By eliminating the need for cement clean up, occlusal access closure, and occlusal adjustments after insertion, the dentist is afforded more time to attend to the patient's general needs. This paper describes the design rationale for and clinical treatment using this novel abutment system.
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