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Screw-retained vs. cement-retained

31 March 2022


Key points

  • The restorative dentist determines the retention mechanism (This may or may not be with patient input).
  • Screw retention provide retrievability but may compromise esthetics and strength.
  • Cementing implant retained full crowns is consistent with routine fixed dental prosthesis fabrication.
  • Cements for natural teeth may not be ideal for dental implants.
  • Excess cement retention may lead to late implant failure.