Handout # 10
Advantages of Cement Verses
Screw-Retained Implant Prostheses
1) Discrepancies in fit of the castings to the abutments are negated by the grouting action of the
2) Non-passive frameworks are seated and adjusted by the use of routine chair-side clinical
procedures and indicating materials.
3) Sectioning and soldering is not a routine procedure as it is for screw-retained castings.
4) The lack of screw holes in cemented prostheses provides a design that enhances the physical
strength of porcelain and acrylic resin, resulting in fewer fractures.
5) The occlusal surface is devoid of screw holes and, as such, occlusion can be developed that
responds to the need for axial loading.
6) Cement-retained implant prostheses provide easier access to the posterior of the mouth, reduced
costs, reduced complexity of components, reduced complexity of laboratory procedures, and
reduced chair-side time.
7) Cement-retained prostheses have superior esthetics, which is important from the patient’s
8) Prostheses cemented over accurately fitting machined abutments established a more stable and
passive environment than screw-retained castings with micro gaps and unfavorable loading
9) The anatomic surfaces of all the teeth are present to develop protrusive and lateral protrusive
relationships that are not interfered with by the screw retention configuration.
H E B E L, K S , G A J J AR , R C C e m e n t - R e t a i n e d I m p l a n t R e s t o r a t i o n s : A c h i e v i n g O p t i m a l
Occlusion And Esthetics in Implant Dentistry.
Prosthetic Dent J 1997; 77; 28 -34
10) A cement-retained prosthesis offers the advantage of using the cement layer of 25 to 50 microns
as prosthetic compensation for casting inaccuracy.
11) Proper relief of the castings will allow a passive fit over the implant-abutment posts.
12) Significant tensile or compressive forces to the implant complex due to minor casting
inaccuracies are essentially eliminated by this technique.
13) Cement-retained restorations have significant structural advantages over screw-retained
restoration when the weakest component (the screw) of the implant restoration is considered.
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14) Selection of cement retention converts an implant prosthesis into a conventional prosthesis,
where familiar skills and techniques can be used to produce an acceptable restoration.
15) Cement-retained restorations can be made using direct impression techniques with as few as
one component, the prosthetic post.
16) Cement-retained restorations offer more flexibility to achieve optimal esthetics as compared
with screw-retained systems.
17) Optimum occlusal integrity is maintained by the intact occlusal surface of the cement-retained
18) Provisional restorations for cement-retained prostheses may be fabricated in a manner similar
to that of natural teeth, offering a savings in component costs and time.
DARIO, LJ Implant Angulation And Position And Screw Or Cement Retention: Clinician Guidelines
Implant Dent. 1996; 101-103.
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