Two Tips for Placing Screw-Retained Implant Crowns
Most of us are placing implant crowns, using screw retained crowns. If the crown needs to be recovered, or the screw needs to be changed or tightened, the restoration can be removed by accessing the screw through the screw channel.
One of the main advantages of screw-retained crowns is the ease of retrieval. I have discovered two ways to make retrieval easier for myself, which involve the colors of the Teflon tape and composite I use.
- Now I have colored Teflon tape on hand, and when I place the screw, I put colored tape on top of the screw instead white tape. If I need to remove the composite, I more readily see my gray or yellow tape than I would white tape.
- I also like to use a composite color that is not be an exact match with the implant crown. This way I can easily see the material to be removed to access the screw channel… if I need to remove the crown.
If you plan ahead to have colored Teflon tape on hand, you can do what I do. Teflon tape is available in multiple colors at Home Depot and other hardware stores.