Eighteen-Month Outcomes of Titanium Frameworks Using Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing Method

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Abstract

Purpose:

The aim of the report is to introduce a new software and a new scanner with a noncontact laser probe and to present outcomes of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing titanium frameworks using this new software and scanner with a laser probe.

Materials and Methods:

Seven patients received 40 implants placed using a 1-stage protocol. After all implants were planned using an implant planning software (NobelClinician), either 5 or 6 implants were placed in each edentulous arch. Each edentulous arch was treated with a fixed dental prosthesis using implant-supported complete-arch milled-titanium framework using the software (NobelProcera) and the scanner. All patients were followed up for 18 ± 3 months. Implant survival, prosthesis survival, framework fit, marginal bone levels, and maintenance requirements were evaluated.

Results:

One implant was lost during the follow-up period, giving the implant survival rate of 97.5%; 0.4 ± 0.2 mm marginal bone loss was noted for all implants after 18 ± 3 months. None of the prostheses needed a replacement, indicating the prosthesis success rate of 100%.

Conclusion:

The results of this clinical study suggest that titanium frameworks fabricated using the software and scanner presented in this study fit accurately and may be a viable option to restore edentulous arches.

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