Optimal implant results in the esthetic zone can be predictably achieved using customized, patient-specific abutments. A computer-aided design and computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) implant-restorative system uses a unique healing abutment with codes embedded in the occlusal surface to create a patient-specific final abutment. The final abutment form closely follows sulcular levels, contributing to a more optimal emergence profile and gingival architecture. A gold-colored titanium-nitride coating option enhances ceramic crown shades and imparts warmer hues through gingival tissues. CAD/CAM patient-specific abutments have expanded the applicability of implants in the esthetic zone by contributing to ideal marginal abutment form and maximal peri-implant support.
George Priest, DMD, maintains a full-time practice in Atlanta, Georgia. He has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally, on implant dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry, tooth-colored restorations, and esthetic excellence. As a leader in the fields of esthetic and implant dentistry, he is recognized as an innovator in the specialty of prosthodontics and has contributed his research to many dental journals. Dr Priest is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.