Ceramic Coating Titanium Dental Abutments

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For decades dental implants and abutments have been made of Titanium as it is the ultimate material for use in the human body. Problem was the Ti abutments would create a dark area through the tissue between the restoration and the implant in the bone. Using conventional techniques was very time consuming and required special ceramist training. I created a system that would allow an inexperienced person to be trained in one day to consistantly apply a ceramic color to a Ti abutment so the dark shadow was eliminated.

This process is achieved through special formulation of a Ti bonder in an aerosol spray can to consistantly apply the correct amount of bonder equally over the surface to receive the ceramic coating. The abutment is prepared to receive the Ti bonder and is held with a implant analog in a holder so it can be manuevered to accept the spray coating.The sprayed abutment is fired in a dental ceramic oven and cooled. The abutment is placed back onto the analog and a ceramic color is sprayed onto the surface to match the color of the final dental restoration. The cramic color is applied twice to cover he dark oxide of the Ti alloy.

Once the coating is completed the oxide which formed during firing cycles is abraded away using glass beads at 30 psi so as not to damage the abutment and remove the oxide so the abutment will fit accurately and secued into position in the implant and the final dental restoration is cemented into place and there is no diclorization of the patients tissue and the optimal material with the superior strength is used to complete the restorative process without worry of breakage or discoloring of patient's tissue.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Phillip Pitts
  • Type of entry:
    individual
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