C. Mike Meek, DDS, FAGD, says, “While we all are fascinated with the ease of intraoral scanning, there is still a need for fixture-level dental impressions when it comes to home-run esthetics in the anterior. The scan bodies of digital dentistry do not support the soft-tissue contours developed by our full-contour, screw-retained temporaries fabricated at the time of dental implant placement.” Here, he outlines a step-by-step method to fabricate a custom, tissue-supporting impression matrix chairside that adds just 10 minutes of preparation, but preserves the soft-tissue well and papilla and transmits contours to the lab in a fixture-level impression. Dr. Meek says his anterior cases result in more predictable soft-tissue outcomes.

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