Abutment Selection for Fixed Dental Prostheses

The selection of the most appropriate implant abutment is individual to the requirements of each patient situation. This Learning Pathway explains the function of abutments and provides an overview of abutment designs and materials for fixed dental prostheses. The Learning Pathway outlines a prosthodontically driven selection process, and case examples demonstrate use of standard and customized abutments in different clinical situations. This Learning Pathway also offers five consensus statements on abutments and an alternative view on the use of zirconium dioxide as an abutment material.

On completion of this Learning Pathway you should be able to…

  • define the function of implant abutments
  • identify different types of implant abutments
  • list different implant abutment materials and their indications
  • select abutments based on prosthodontic indications and planning
  • discuss alternative views on abutment materials
Publication date: Jul 29, 2015 Last review date: Jul 23, 2020 Next review date: Jul 23, 2023
  • Abutment Materials
  • Abutment Selection
  • Abutments
  • All-Ceramic
  • Anterior FDP
  • Complications
  • Components & Materials
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Customized Abutments
  • English
  • Esthetic Outcome
  • FDP
  • Full-Arch FDP
  • Gold Abutments
  • Languages
  • Mechanical/Technical Complications
  • Metal-Ceramic
  • Outcomes
  • Pathway
  • Posterior FDP
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Materials
  • Prosthodontic Planning & Procedures
  • Prosthodontics
  • Resin-Metal Hybrid
  • Standard Abutments
  • Steel Abutments
  • Success and Survival
  • Titanium Abutments
  • Zirconia Abutments

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