The Temporary Snap Abutment from Nobel Biocare™ is a newer product for conical connection implants. In this post, we explain the differences between the new snap abutment and a traditional temporary abutment.

The Nobel Temporary Snap Abutment.
The Nobel Temporary Snap Abutment fits the Nobel Conical Connection implant.

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Built-in Retention Mechanism

The first and main difference is the retention mechanism that has been built into the interface of the abutment. These retention fingers stick out slightly from the rest of the interface and snap into place when the abutment is seated on to the implant or replica.

The traditional temporary abutment compared to the temporary snap abutment, with a closeup of the retention fingers.

The advantage of this is that the temporary snap abutment does not need to be screwed down while trying in and adjusting the temporary crown. This saves time from not having to repeatedly insert and remove the screw during try-in.

The retention fingers depress and hold the abutment in the implant or replica.

Two Margin Height Sizes

The second difference is that these abutments are offered with two margin heights, 1.5mm and 3.0mm. The original temporary abutments were only available with a 1mm margin and since the margin area is where the diameter of the abutment is at its largest, the 1mm height was not always ideal in deep implant sites.

Temporary snap abutments are available in 1.5mm and 3.0mm margin heights.

Shorter Height Overall

The third difference is that the overall height of the abutments has been shortened which reduces or eliminates the need to grind down the height of the abutment. The wide platform abutments have the shortest height as they are most commonly used in molar positions.

Snap abutments are shorter than traditional abutments, and this reduces or eliminates the need to grind down the height of the abutment.

Nobel Apical Drill Compatible

Additionally, these abutments can be used in conjunction with the Nobel Biocare apical drill and drill guide analog. The drill guide analog has an internal channel that guides the apical drill through the analog and abutment to create a screw channel in the restoration without damaging the abutment.

Apical drill and analog drill guide.