Implant Specialist and CDT Alex Rugh explains the process of using a CEREC® scanner for taking implant impressions.

Taking intraoral implant impressions with a CEREC® scanner is easy but requires different parts and case setup if you are sending the impression to a lab.

The CEREC® scan bodies and scan posts will only work for milling abutments with a CEREC® mill. If an abutment from another manufacturer is desired, a different scan body is required.

Scan bodies can be purchased directly from the implant manufacturer at the following links:

Intra Oral Scan Bodies

Atlantis IO Flo Scanbodies
BioHorizons Snap Scan Body
Implant Direct Scan Adapter
Nobel Biocare Elos Accurate Intra Oral Position Locator 
Straumann CARES® Mono Scanbody
Zimmer Biomet Scan Cap


You may have already seen or used the CEREC® scanbodies like this one and it’s important to note that these can only be used for making a CEREC® milled custom abutment.

To use the CEREC® scanbody you just need to set up your order as an implant case, choose the correct scanbody in the software and complete the design and milling process.

If, however, you want to send your digital impression to the lab to make a custom abutment from another manufacturer, these scan bodies will not work.

The correct scan body to use is dependent on the abutment manufacturer that you want to utilize.

For example, let’s say you are working with a Straumann® bone level RC implant and you want an original Straumann abutment. In this situation you would order the Straumann RC Mono scanbody.

Using this scanbody not only allows the lab to utilize Straumann® to manufacture the designed abutment but it also allows them to print an implant model off of the digital scan.

In order to use this or any other non-CEREC® scanbody you’ll need to set up and treat the CEREC® order like a regular crown case, as if the scan body was actually a tooth prep.

Once the scanning procedure is complete, you can then send the file to your lab through CEREC® connect.

The lab can then design the abutment and send it to the manufacturer. This also enables the lab to print a model with an analog in place.

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