Intraoral Scanning of Hard and Soft Tissues for Partial Removable Dental Prosthesis Fabrication

J Prosthet Dent. 2014 Sep;112(3):444-8. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2014.03.022. Epub 2014 May 29.


This article provides proof of concept for the use of intraoral scanning technology to record hard and soft tissue morphology for the fabrication of a cast partial removable dental prosthesis. An open source intraoral scanner was used to scan the hard and soft tissues to create a stereolithographic file that was subsequently imported into a computer-aided design software program for the digital/virtual design of a partial removable dental prosthesis framework. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology was then used to fabricate a resin framework that was trial placed to evaluate accuracy and for conventional investing and casting with a cobalt-chromium alloy. The cast framework and definitive prosthesis were judged to be clinically accurate in fit, stability, and retention.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Aided Design*
  • Dental Impression Technique / instrumentation*
  • Dental Marginal Adaptation
  • Denture Design*
  • Denture Retention
  • Denture, Partial, Removable*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Jaw Relation Record
  • Jaw, Edentulous, Partially / rehabilitation
  • Maxilla / pathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Technology, Dental / instrumentation
  • User-Computer Interface