By Dr. Hudnall DMD
Whether to treat dental implants like their natural tooth counterparts and restore them with cement retained restorations or treat them as a different entity and restore them with screw-retained crowns requires careful consideration. We all have our ideas of what works best clinically in our own hands and what is the best solution for our patients.
There are obvious, and perhaps not so obvious, reasons for choosing either a screw-retained vs cement retained restoration. I have reviewed current options and distilled it down to a number of factors that you may or may not have considered. If nothing else, this review may serve to validate why you are using the method you are currently working with. It may also encourage you to explore other options that may make your life easier over the life of your practice.
Let’s take a look at screw retained vs cement retained restoration options for implants: