Quintessence Int 46 (2015), No. 3 23. Jan. 2015
The use of zirconia abutments for single-tooth restorations is well documented and supported by clinical studies with observational periods of up to 5 years. However, data for fixed partial dentures (FPDs) on all-ceramic abutments are lacking. Therefore, this indication cannot yet be generally recommended. Based on the available clinical studies, it can be assumed that the treatment results for anterior restorations can be improved by using all-ceramic abutments, especially in situations with a reduced thickness of the peri-implant soft tissues (< 2 mm). Zirconia abutments for single-tooth restorations can be restored with glass-ceramic crowns on a lithium-disilicate base or crowns with oxide-ceramic structures (alumina or zirconia). If the restorations are cemented adhesively, then all of the cement residues must be carefully removed. Superstructures based on zirconia ceramics can be removed to a certain degree if they are cemented temporarily or screwfixed with directly veneered abutments. However, prior to providing a general recommendation for temporary cementation or screw-fixation of all-ceramic superstructures, additional clinical data are needed.
Keywords: abutment, clinical performance, esthetics, implant, zirconia