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Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2003 Nov-Dec;15(10):763-71; quiz 772.

Use of stereolithographic models as diagnostic and restorative aids for predictable immediate loading of implants.

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Implant dentistry has evolved into one of the most predictable treatment alternatives in all of medical science. Advances in the surgical and prosthetic components, implant designs and surface technologies, and imaging techniques have allowed for significant modifications to occur with respect to one- and two-stage surgical protocols, accelerating treatment times to the benefit of patient and clinician. This article presents a technique to improve surgical and restorative accuracy, allowing for predictable placement and immediate loading of implants through use of CT imaging, stereolithographic models, and CT-derived surgical templates.

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