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Custom Abutments: The Tailored Solution for Dental Implants

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What are Custom Abutments?

An abutment is a dental component that serves as the connection point between the implant placed in the jawbone and the final restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Custom abutments are dental prosthetics specifically designed and fabricated for individual patients. Unlike standardized “stock” abutments, they offer a customized fit and shape to perfectly match the unique contours of your jawbone and gum tissue.

Custom abutments offer several advantages:

  • Perfect fit: Custom-made for your unique mouth, ensuring stability and fewer issues.
  • Better looks: Matches natural teeth for a more pleasing smile, especially for front teeth.
  • Improved function: Precise design distributes bite forces, enhancing durability and comfort.
  • Customized profile: Shapes gum tissue around the crown for balance between looks and function.
  • Angulation correction: Fixes tilted implants for a straighter, natural-looking crown.
  • Margin control: Places the crown-abutment junction strategically for better aesthetics and gum health.
  • Versatility: Works for various implant restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures.
  • Biocompatibility: Materials like zirconia and titanium can reduce allergic reactions and integrate better with tissues.
  • Higher satisfaction: Better fit, looks, and long-term success often mean happier patients..Time-saving potential: While they take longer initially, fewer adjustments later can save time overall.

Custom Abutment Variants

Custom abutments are typically made from high-quality materials like:

  • Full titanium: Strong, durable, and biocompatible, perfect for areas under high chewing pressure.
  • Gold-toned: Combines the strength of titanium with a more natural looking golden hue, ideal for anterior teeth.
  • Zirconia: Offers excellent aesthetics and biocompatibility, suitable for patients with metal allergies or who prefer a natural white appearance.
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Specifications of Custom Abutments offered by Uptown Dental Lab

Uptown Dental Lab’s Custom Abutments serve as specialized components connecting dental implants, aiding in prosthetic rehabilitation for missing teeth. These are the specifications offered by us:

Indication: Custom abutments are designed to directly connect to dental implants, facilitating prosthetic rehabilitation for missing teeth.

Material Composition The abutments are available in three primary materials:

  • Titanium
  • Gold alloy
  • Zirconia with a titanium base

Number of Implant Restorations Produced: Uptown has produced 2 million implant restorations utilizing these custom abutments.

In-Lab Working Times: The standard processing time for in-lab work is 8 days.

Custom Titanium Abutments:

  • Precision milled titanium for patient-specific abutments.
  • Customized design ensuring control over marginal depth, angulation, parallelism, and tissue contour.
  • Known for durability and excellent support for dental crowns.
  • Approximately 92% of Dany implant cases utilize custom titanium abutments.
  • Suitable for screw-retained, cementable, and screwable restorations.

Custom Zirconia Hybrid Abutments:

  • Utilizes zirconia with a titanium interface.
  • Customized design controls aspects such as marginal depth, angulation, parallelism, and tissue contour.
  • Preferred in aesthetic areas for their appearance.
  • Suitable for screw-retained, cementable, and screwable restorations.
  • Both types of abutments offer customizable designs catering to specific patient needs, with each having its advantages in different clinical scenarios.

Which Custom Abutments Should You Choose?

The best type of custom abutment for you depends on several factors:

  • Implant position matters: For front teeth, better-looking options like gold-toned or zirconia abutments are good.
  • Pressure while chewing is crucial: Strong titanium abutments are best for areas that face lots of chewing force.
  • What you like matters: Some care more about looks, while others want strong and durable options.
  • Talking to your dentist is important: They’ll help decide what’s best for your mouth and needs.
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How Much Time is Required for Custom Abutments?

The fabrication of custom abutments can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks, depending on the chosen material and laboratory workflow. From a physical impression, it's about 6-8 days for the abutment and 5-7 days for the final crown or bridge. For digital impressions, there are three stages: first, 15-30 minutes for scanning; then, 1-2 days for design and 1-2 days for milling. Finally, at the dentist's office, they spend about 15-30 minutes checking and placing the abutment for fit and accuracy after delivery.

Cost of Custom Abutments

The cost of custom dental abutments can change based on a few things like the material used, design complexity, lab fees, and where you are. Titanium is pricier, followed by zirconia and hybrid materials. On average, titanium costs $300-$700, zirconia $200-$500, and hybrids $250-$600. There might be extra fees for digital impressions, CAD/CAM design, and shipping, ranging from $50 to $200.

To save money, ask your dentist for lab suggestions, compare prices from different labs, think about hybrid materials, and try negotiating prices. Remember, besides cost, it's important to find a lab that gives good quality and great service.

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Custom Abutment vs. Stock Abutment:

Custom abutments and stock abutments differ in various ways. Custom abutments are personalized for each patient, whereas stock abutments are prefabricated and come in standard sizes and shapes.

Here’s a comparison of the two:


Custom Abutment

Stock Abutment


Individually designed

Mass produced


Perfect and personalized

Standardized, may require adjustments


Can be optimized for a natural look

Limited aesthetic options

Emergence profile

Mimics the natural emergence of teeth

May not match the natural shape




Fabrication time



While stock abutments are a more affordable option, they may not be suitable for all situations. If you prioritize a natural-looking smile and optimal dental health, custom abutments are the best choice.

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