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What is a temporary abutment and what is it used for?

Last Updated: Sep 03, 2013 12:23PM EDT
A temporary abutment assists in the healing, formation and maintenance of the soft tissue over an implant. During the one-stage technique, the temporary abutment is placed into the implant and helps to form the sulcus during the implant's integration. Or, some dentists who use the two-stage technique choose to place the temporary abutment in lieu of the final abutment at the time of the implant's exposure. After soft-tissue maturation, the dentist would remove the temporary abutment and then place the final abutment.

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