OAI ORAL & Implantology CIC Edizioni Internazionali 2016 January-March; 9(1): 27–32. ISSN: 2035-2468
Published online 2016 November 13. doi: 10.11138/orl/2016.9.1.027.

Cad-cam procedure and implant-prosthetic rehaBilitation. Case report


1Department of Dentistry “Fra G.B. Orsenigo”, Ospedale San Pietro FBF, Rome, Italy
2Private Practice, Rome, Italy

Correspondence to: Federico Guzzo, Department of Dentistry “Fra G.B. Orsenigo”, Ospedale San Pietro FBF, Via Cassia 600, 00189 Rome, Italy, E-mail: guzzofederico@gmail.com


The aim of this paper is to present a clinical case in which the CAD-CAM procedure was applied for a prosthetic rehabilitation on implants.

Digital CAD-CAM production by laboratory of the final restoration.

CAD-CAM production offers the opportunity to easily collaborate with laboratory. This prosthetic production gives better and demonstrated clinical results for the patient.

CAD-CAM production is a very important instrument for prosthetic team. This work-flow compared with traditional methods is faster, precise and predictable.

Keywords: implant, CSD-CAM, complete rehabilitation


The CAD-CAM technology is a computerized technique that allows to obtain a three-dimensional object from a vector drawing performed on the computer. Both CAD and CAM are acronyms, respectively, for Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. Born in the 60s of last century, this technology is now used in industry for the production of an infinite number of objects also in the dental field. In the 80s the first systems in the dental industry, Cerec and Procera, have been commercialized.

The evolution of techniques and of implant components is making the implant-prosthetic rehabilitation increasingly complete and reliable. The increased demands of rehabilitation can be processed more serenely by operators in the industry. In this regard a valuable aid for the prosthodontist comes from a rapidly expanding sector which is that of the CAD-CAM applications in dentistry.

The aim of this paper is to present a clinical case in which the CAD-CAM procedure was applied for a prosthetic rehabilitation on implants.

Case report

A 60-year-old female patient in good general health (ASA 1) presents itself to observation with residual elements borne arch upper and lower jaws suffering from advanced periodontal disease, and old prosthetic rehabilitation in both arches (1) (Figure 1).

Figure 1Figure 1
Pre-operative case. Vestibular view.

After a careful evaluation of the case and the execution of diagnostic radiographic examinations (OPT, Dentascan) (Figure 2) we decide for total implant prosthetic rehabilitation of the upper jaw and partial of the lower (2). Brånemark fixture in the upper maxilla (3) and Bonefit - ITI in the lower, followed by the relative prosthetic rehabilitation (4, 5). The patient also needed to use a temporary prosthesis throughout the treatment period for professional reasons (6, 7).

Figure 2Figure 2
Pre-operative Rx O.P.T.

By means of computed tomography, we evaluated the amount of bone remaining after the extraction of the compromises elements and we have planned two surgical templates (Figure 3) in order to mark implant sites, in excess and in areas with sufficient bone quantity and suitable for prosthetic rehabilitation choice for the patient.

Figure 3Figure 3
Surgical guides. Upper and lower.

After recording the vertical dimension of occlusion (DVO) and mounting in articulator by means of face bow and its calibration, two mobile prostheses have been prepared, a total for the upper arch and a partial for the lower arch (8). These prostheses in order to recover the masticatory function and aesthetics after the extractions, and throughout the healing period after the implant surgery.

Two temporary dentures, after extractions and implant surgery in both arches, have been adapted and rebased with HydroCast® Tissue Treatment (9) (a soft acrylic resin clinically proven to stay soft and functionally flexible for weeks) throughout the healing period and after the placement of the healing screws (3 months) (Figure 4) (10, 11).

Figure 4Figure 4
Upper and lower maxilla after implant surgery. Implants with healing screws.

The peri-implant tissue management has been entrusted only to the conditioning of the healing abutment associated to HydroCast® (Figure 5). After three months the healing screws were removed, have been verified transmucosal tissues and two final polyether impressions have been taken through conventional impression methods (Figures 6, 7).

Figure 5Figure 5
The peri-implant tissue management has been entrusted only to the conditioning of the healing abutment associated to HydroCast®.
Figure 6Figure 6
Upper maxilla impression.
Figure 7Figure 7
Lower maxilla impression.

The laboratory after the development of master models, of the wax models and of the wax abutments, has scanned the mesostructures with systematic PROCERA (Phase CAD) (1214). The thus obtained data are processed are sent to a milling machine connected to the network that develops the final abutments by means of the milling of a titanium cylinder (15mm × 15mm) (Step CAM) (15). The laboratory produces the abutments and a resin guide for the correct oral positioning in the studio, and to check the frameworks before ceramization (Figure 8) (1618). The abutments are verified by the clinician in the oral cavity with resin guide (Figure 9). Then frameworks are waxed on the mesostructures and so scanned and milled following the same procedure of the abutments (1921).

Figure 8Figure 8
The upper abutment produced with CAD-CAM systematic PROCERA.
Figure 9Figure 9
The abutments are verified by the clinician in the oral cavity with resin guide.

After verification of the superstructures in the oral cavity is performed their ceramization according to traditional technique (Figures 10, 11). Finally, before delivery, a final test is performed to verify the correct vertical dimension and eccentric movements (Figures 12, 13, 14).

Figure 10Figure 10
After checking frameworks in the oral cavity is performed their ceramization according to traditional technique.
Figure 11Figure 11
Implant prosthetic rehabilitation in lower maxilla. CAD-CAM production step by step.
Figure 12Figure 12
The implant prosthetic rehabilitation in oral cavity.
Figure 13Figure 13
Final Rx O.P.T.
Figure 14Figure 14
The implant prosthetic rehabilitation and its integration with perioral tissues and smile.

Results and conclusions

The evidence of our clinical practice suggests that CAD-CAM applications in dentistry offer a valuable aid for the prosthodontist, these techniques give the opportunity to easily collaborate with laboratory, and their prosthetic production gives better clinical results for the patient. CAD-CAM production is a very important instrument for prosthetic team. NobelProcera has set new standards with cutting edge scanner and software. With optical scanning methods, and ground-breaking intuitive 3D design software version expands the capabilities of dental clinicians and labs for producing individualized prosthetics with excellent precision of fit, production accuracy <10 μm and internal fit < 40 μm (Nobel Biocare internal measurements. Data on file). Simultaneously, these new tools increase efficiency and reduce in-house costs. This work-flow compared with traditional methods has shown many positive aspects that make easier, faster, less expensive and predictable the prosthetic workflow. However improvements in materials and technologies are needed in order to improve and perfect the systematic.


Conflict of interest

The Authors declare no conflict of interest.

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