Manufacturing a dental implant drill guide and a dental implant superstructure

  • US 6,382,975 B1
  • Filed: 06/16/2000
  • Issued: 05/07/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/26/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A dental implant superstructure for supporting a dental prosthesis over a gum surface of a patient'"'"'s jaw in which a number of dental implants have been inserted comprising:

  • a body of one-piece construction shaped on the basis of a computer model of the patient'"'"'s gum surface, the dentures of the dental prosthesis and the dental implants, said body being made of a homogeneous bio-compatible material and defining;

    a plurality of dental implant abutting flanges adapted to be securely seated against corresponding dental implants inserted in a patient'"'"'s jawbone, and a gum tissue overlying bridge interconnecting said dental abutting flanges together in a fixed predetermined configuration in which said dental implant abutting flanges match said corresponding dental implants, said gum tissue overlying bridge offering a support structure having a shape established on the basis of said computer model so that the dental prosthesis be supported in a predetermined position on said gum tissue overlying bridge over the gum surface when said dental abutting flanges are securely seated on the dental implants.

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