Digital assisted soft tissue sculpturing (DASS) technique for immediate loading pink free complete arch implant prosthesis

J Prosthodont Res. 2021 Feb 24;65(1):119-124. doi: 10.2186/jpr.JPOR_2019_386. Epub 2020 Sep 9.


Purpose: To introduce a digitally assisted technique to achieve the ideal soft and bone tissue interface for anatomic-driven pink free implant supported fixed prosthesis, and prefabricate an interim prosthesis to be used the day of the surgery as a prosthetic scaffold to condition the healing.

Methods: The digital assisted soft tissue sculpturing (DASS) technique allows the previsualization of the ideal soft and bone tissue interface and fabricate a computer aided design computer aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) anatomic-driven pink free complete arch interim prosthesis for the immediate loading. Bone and soft tissue interface as well as the interim prosthesis design are performed in a segmented multiple standard tessellation language (STL) file embedding the bone anatomy, the intraoral surface anatomy (dental and soft tissue), the digital wax-up and the implant positioning. The interim prosthesis is used as a prosthetic scaffold to guide the soft and bone tissue surgical sculpturing and regeneration.

Conclusions: The DASS technique is a predictable integrated digital workflow that simplifies the achievement of a scalloped tissue interface for pink free fixed implant prosthesis, reestablishing the mucosal dimension required for the protection of underlying bone while maintaining tissue health. The surgical sculpturing and maturation of the soft and bone tissue is driven and enhanced by the xenogeneic collagen matrix grafting and prosthetic scaffold effect of the digitally prefabricated interim prosthesis delivered the day of the surgery.

Keywords: Complete arch immediate loading; Digital workflow; Navigation; Xenogeneic collagen matrix; guided surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Dental Implants*
  • Dental Prosthesis Design
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported
  • Immediate Dental Implant Loading*


  • Dental Implants