Enhanced Implant Impression Techniques to Maximize Accuracy

  • Panos Papaspyridakos
  • Todd R. Schoenbaum


Purpose: The purpose of this chapter was to review the scientific literature on implant impression techniques for partially edentulous patients and to propose evidence-based clinical guidelines for implant treatment in the aesthetic zone.

Materials and Methods: Comprehensive review of available literature was conducted in a systematic approach and descriptively analyzed, where applicable.

Results: Based on the available scientific evidence on implant impressions in the aesthetic zone, the customized impression coping technique is recommended for either single implant or multiple implant scenario. Open-tray or closed-tray technique can be successfully used for single implant scenario. The splinted open-tray impression technique is more accurate than non-splinted one and is recommended for multiple implant scenario. Pouring of the impression should be done in low expansion stone with or without soft tissue moulage. Digital implant impressions are gaining popularity and are scientifically validated with a streamlined workflow for single implant scenario.

Conclusion: Aesthetically pleasing implant restorations can be successfully fabricated with the appropriately selected impression technique, depending on the implant scenario.


Implants Impressions Accuracy Aesthetic zone Digital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panos Papaspyridakos
    • 1
  • Todd R. Schoenbaum
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Postgraduate ProsthodonticsTufts University School of Dental MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Constitutive and Regenerative SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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