Manufacturing of a dental implant superstructure

  • US 7,866,980 B2
  • Filed: 05/17/2007
  • Issued: 01/11/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of pre-operatively manufacturing a superstructure adapted to be mounted to jawbone implants above the gum surface to support a dental prosthesis, the method comprising the steps of:

  • a) obtaining a three-dimensional graphic computer model of a jawbone;

    b) selecting at least two virtual implant positions using said model;

    c) prior to a surgical operation for positioning at least two implants in the patient'"'"'s jawbone, using said data on said at least two virtual implant positions to design a virtual model of a superstructure directly on the three-dimensional graphic computer model, the superstructure having at least two dental implant abutting flanges positioned and configured in accordance with each of said at least two virtual implant positions; and

    d) fabricating the superstructure based on the virtual model thereof.

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