Dr. Aaron asks:
For some of my more apprehensive dental implant referrals I place the solid abutment onto the dental implant for them, allowing them to take a conventional crown and bridge impression for the crown.
I usually prepare the abutment outside the mouth, then try it in the
mouth until I am satisfied with the occlusal clearance/countouring. My
question is: Instead of preparing the solid abutment outside the mouth,
can I prep the abutment while it is attached to the dental implant? I have
seen it done routinely in books and journals, but I am unfamiliar with
the technical considerations and/or things to avoid. Thanks for any help.