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Quintessence Int 42 (2011), No. 2     10. Jan. 2011
Quintessence Int 42 (2011), No. 2  (10.01.2011)

Page 109-112, PubMed:21359244


A free gingival impression for achieving optimal interdental papilla height: A case report
Nozawa, Takeshi / Kitami, Norikazu / Tsurumaki, Shunzo / Enomoto, Hiroaki / Ito, Koichi
Failure to tend to inadequate crown contours in the crown trial can cause long-term disharmony of the free gingival form. This case report describes a novel technique for free gingival impression from a final provisional restoration to a zirconia crown. Two die casts were manufactured from a silicone impression. The first die cast was for the zirconia crown; the second die cast was for the final provisional restoration and the provisionalized transfer coping. A free gingival impression was taken using a provisionalized transfer coping, and a soft gingival model was manufactured. The proximal contact position was managed using the predicted convex curve of the interdental papillae. One year after zirconia crown placement, no inflammation was observed around the pyramidal interdental papillae, and symmetric interdental papilla heights were evident. A free gingival impression using a two die-cast technique appears to be useful for achieving optimal interdental papilla height.

Keywords: free gingival impression, provisional transfer coping, proximal position, 3D setting