Types of Implant Abutments



When providing patients with dental implants, there are many considerations to take into account. Not only will you need to ensure they have the right implant for their needs, but you’ll also need to ensure that the implant is made using the correct abutment for the situation.

Read on to find out what the different types of implant abutments are and what they might be used for.


Internal Hex Implant Abutment

Though external connection implants have been available for longer, they do have their drawbacks, such as the possibility of the screw becoming loose and possibly being deformed or broken.

Due to its high resistance and ability to aid in rehabilitation, this type of connection is ideal for situations where two implants are slightly offset from one another.

For this reason, internal connection implants were developed.

Internal connection implants offer superior stability and sealing at the point of implant and prosthetic.

Problems with loosening and bacterial filtration at internal connections are reduced to a minimum.

In addition, the internal hexagon and its stabilizing area receive the forces directly from the pillar.

The internal hexagon or internal hex implant abutment has a hexagonal head with a hole in the center to accommodate the restoration.

There is less strain on the structure overall, and it looks more natural as a result.

Zirconia Abutment

Zirconia abutments are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional titanium implant abutments.

Zirconia abutments are less noticeable than those made from other materials because of their bright white color.

For dental restorations, zirconia abutments can be milled to order or purchased from a supplier's stock.

The margins can be pre-machined or left blank, depending on the design.

Those with thin gum tissue may prefer a zirconia abutment because it looks better without the gray metal showing at the gum line.

Due to their unique properties, zirconia abutments are more expensive than their titanium counterparts.

Angulated Abutment

Prosthesis fabrication is facilitated by the use of angulated abutments because they allow for the easier paralleling of nonaligned implants.

These abutments can also help the dentist steer clear of vital structures as they position the implants.

Further, an angulated abutment can lessen the duration of treatment, cut costs, and eliminate the need for guided bone regeneration.

angulated abutments allow the clinician to achieve ideal restorative contours when dental implants are not placed perpendicular to neighboring teeth or contiguous implants.

How To Choose The Right Implant Abutment

Implants have matured into a reliable and consistent part of modern dentistry. Patient's expectations of their restorative dentist have increased in sophistication as a result.

Every dentist has a legal and ethical obligation to make cutting-edge procedures available as options for their patients.

This means ensuring they choose the right implant abutment.

It will be down to the dentist’s expertise and experience, as well as the patient’s own circumstances and preferences, as to exactly which abutment is used. However, knowing the difference between the types in advance is crucial.