Current Oral Health Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 121–126 | Cite as

CAD/CAM Custom Abutments for Esthetic Anterior Implant-Supported Restoration: Materials and Design

  • Ingeborg J. De KokEmail author
  • Lauren H. Katz
  • Ibrahim S. Duqum
Digital and Esthetic Dentistry (E Anadioti and P Stathopoulou, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Digital and Esthetic Dentistry


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to discuss the use of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) custom abutments in the anterior region with a focus on abutment design and material selection. Advantages, disadvantages, and complications of CAD/CAM abutments are also considered.

Recent Findings

CAD/CAM abutments are available in various materials and with different connection platforms to the implant in order to meet esthetic, functional, and biological demands. Use of CAD/CAM concepts in the fabrication of custom abutments allows for definite advantages over both stock abutments and conventional cast custom abutments.


CAD/CAM technology should be considered when restoring dental implants in the esthetic zone.


CAD/CAM abutments Anterior implants Zirconia abutment Titanium abutment Esthetics 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consents

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingeborg J. De Kok
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lauren H. Katz
    • 1
  • Ibrahim S. Duqum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Prosthodontics, School of DentistryUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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