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Time efficiency and quality of outcomes in a model-free digital workflow using digital impression immediately after implant placement: A double-blind self-controlled clinical trial


Pan, Shaoxia; Guo, Danni; Zhou, Yongsheng; Jung, Ronald E; Hämmerle, Christoph H F; Mühlemann, Sven (2019). Time efficiency and quality of outcomes in a model-free digital workflow using digital impression immediately after implant placement: A double-blind self-controlled clinical trial. Clinical Oral Implants Research, 30(7):617-626.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE
To assess the clinical and laboratory time efficiency and quality of outcomes for posterior single implant crowns by means of a model-free digital workflow using digital impressions immediately after implant placement.
METHODS
Forty patients missing a single posterior tooth received implant therapy. For within-subject comparison, digital impressions were taken immediately after implant placement and conventional impressions after implant healing. Two monolithic zirconia crowns were fabricated using a laboratory-based CAD-CAM system. One crown was produced from the immediate digital impression and a model-free digital workflow (test group), and the second crown was produced from the conventional impression and a hybrid workflow (control group). Clinical and laboratory time was recorded. Quality of outcomes was evaluated double-blinded. A paired-sample t test was applied for statistical analysis.
RESULTS
The total mean chairside time (impression and delivery) was 23.2 min (95%CI 22.2, 24.3) in the test group and 25.7 min (95%CI 24.4, 26.9) in the control group (p = 0.013). Significantly less laboratory time was needed in the model-free digital workflow (13.6 min, 95%CI 11.5, 15.6) as compared to the model-based hybrid workflow (29.9 min, 95%CI 25.7, 34.2) (p < 0.05). At crown delivery, 4/40 (test) and 12/40 (control) had no need of chairside adjustments, and 6/40 (test) and 5/40 (control) implant crowns were in need of additional laboratory interventions.
CONCLUSION
The fabrication of posterior single implant crowns using digital impressions taken immediately after implant placement and a model-free, laboratory-based digital workflow was more time efficient and resulted in similar quality of outcomes as a hybrid workflow using conventional impressions.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE
To assess the clinical and laboratory time efficiency and quality of outcomes for posterior single implant crowns by means of a model-free digital workflow using digital impressions immediately after implant placement.
METHODS
Forty patients missing a single posterior tooth received implant therapy. For within-subject comparison, digital impressions were taken immediately after implant placement and conventional impressions after implant healing. Two monolithic zirconia crowns were fabricated using a laboratory-based CAD-CAM system. One crown was produced from the immediate digital impression and a model-free digital workflow (test group), and the second crown was produced from the conventional impression and a hybrid workflow (control group). Clinical and laboratory time was recorded. Quality of outcomes was evaluated double-blinded. A paired-sample t test was applied for statistical analysis.
RESULTS
The total mean chairside time (impression and delivery) was 23.2 min (95%CI 22.2, 24.3) in the test group and 25.7 min (95%CI 24.4, 26.9) in the control group (p = 0.013). Significantly less laboratory time was needed in the model-free digital workflow (13.6 min, 95%CI 11.5, 15.6) as compared to the model-based hybrid workflow (29.9 min, 95%CI 25.7, 34.2) (p < 0.05). At crown delivery, 4/40 (test) and 12/40 (control) had no need of chairside adjustments, and 6/40 (test) and 5/40 (control) implant crowns were in need of additional laboratory interventions.
CONCLUSION
The fabrication of posterior single implant crowns using digital impressions taken immediately after implant placement and a model-free, laboratory-based digital workflow was more time efficient and resulted in similar quality of outcomes as a hybrid workflow using conventional impressions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:25 April 2019
Deposited On:29 Nov 2019 15:31
Last Modified:29 Nov 2019 15:31
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0905-7161
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/clr.13447
PubMed ID:31021451

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