Digital Impression For Indirect Restoration

A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Sinan Ghishan

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Digital impression is acquiring a major role in clinical dentistry. The high precision and trueness of intraoral scanners allow us to make indirect restorations more accurate, and less stressful.

styleitaliano style italiano intraoral picture showing crown on upper second premolar

The patient was complaining of food impaction and bad smell while flossing in the upper right quadrant.

styleitaliano style italiano xray showing infiltration under crown restoration

Upon x-ray examination, tooth 15 appeared to have recurrent caries.

styleitaliano style italiano abutment after removal of old crown

The old crown was quite easily removed, due to its poor fit, compensated by a thick layer of cement. Recurrent caries was observed at the distal margin.

styleitaliano style italiano prepared abutment with retraction cord

Caries and old cement were removed, and, after verifying that infiltration didn’t penetrate the abutment more deeply than expected from the x-ray (by both probing and caries detection), we decided to proceed to modify the preparation. A retraction 00 cord was used to retract the gingiva, and the distal margin was kept wide for better contouring of the subgingival restoration.

In less than a minute, a digital impression was taken (Helios 600, Eighteeth).
Despite its depth, it was easy to precisely scan the distal margin of the prepared tooth and the undercuts of the adjacent teeth

Helios 600 Eighteeth Styleitaliano Style italiano banner intraoral scanner
Helios 600 Eighteeth Styleitaliano Style italiano banner intraoral scanner
styleitaliano style italiano zirconia crown un printed model

A monolithic zirconia crown was fabricated, together with the printed model to double check the contact area.

styleitaliano style italiano final crown restoration on upper second premolar

Final restoration is in place with perfect marginal seal.

styleitaliano style italiano xray check of crown marginal fit

Post-cementation x-ray shows precise margins and absence of excess cement.


Intraoral scanners allow for time saving, increase in accuracy and the reduction of manual errors, especially in challenging cases. All of these advantages may, altogether, contribute to cost reduction and workflow improvement.


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styleitaliano style italiano Indirect digital overlay deep subgingival cavity

Indirect digital overlay

From digital workflows to precise hand skills, ensuring long-lasting results is the ultimate goal for a good adhesive restoration.