LABORATORY COMMUNICATION

Surgical report

Many impression copings and final abutments are cross compatible from one implant manufacturer to another and in some instances concurrent with differently dimensioned implants and abutments from the same manufacturer. Even if the components fit seemingly perfect on to the implant or over the solid abutment they may not be appropriate and may give the laboratory the wrong information what dimensions the actual implant or solid abutment may have.

Verified seat

To ensure a smooth production that will result in a biomechanically sound restoration that meets fit, form, function and is esthetically pleasing and avoid costly and time consuming remakes, the Lab technician needs information in regards to the implant being restored. Often mishaps can be discovered and corrected by the technician before the case is started. Sending a copy of the seated impression coping x-ray will prove accurate seating of the impression coping at the time of the impression. The included surgical report serves as validation applicable impression components were utilized during the impression procedure.

Indicate on the prescription form what type of restoration (cementable, screw-retained, overdenture, hybriddenture and PIB) the desired end result should be and what brand and diameter platform the implant or final abutment are. Specify the restorative material, how far below the tissue the margin should be placed, and how much tissue blanching, if any is acceptable. Are there preexisting restorations next to the implant site and what material are they made of?

There are some web based and stand alone information sharing applications available that allow the surgeon, restorative dentist and technician to look up patient specific information without having to meet in person or playing phone tag. In case the lab runs in to problems that will prevent them from manufacturing what is requested on the lab slip, the technician will call you, explaining what the issue is and give you alternative solutions.