Occlusal Contact for Implant Crown Should be Light

Fig.1 shows a model of #18 and 19 crown prep.  #18 is a natural tooth, whereas #19 is an implant.  In order to have less trauma from occlusion, the occlusal table should be narrow buccolingually for the implant crown (as shown in Fig.2).  The occlusal contact should be lighter than that of the neighboring teeth as well.

This type of adjustment should be preferably done in laboratory.

Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 12/25/2013, last revision 12/25/2013