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Aesthetics by Design: the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max abutment

The Straumann® Anatomic IPS e.max® Abutment is a new premium flexible and aesthetic restorative product resulting from technology synergy between Straumann and Ivoclar Vivadent.


The Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment is a standardized premium ZrO2 ceramic abutment, designed for high aesthetics and strength. Featuring a prepared mucosa margin for adaptation to natural soft tissue contour, formed by using the bone level gingival former designed for the Consistent Emergence Profiles™, the proven Straumann CrossFit™ Connection and pre-shaded IPS e.max zirconium dioxide material, it is engineered for flexible and reliable use.

The Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment is indicated for cement-retained crowns and bridges via mesostructure and for direct veneered screw-retained crowns. With the use of the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment the restorative team can apply an anatomically formed, ZrO2 abutment and make first steps and experiences with highly aesthetic, anatomic ceramic restorations. These experiences might build the basis for future use of advanced CADCAM technologies such as the Straumann CADCAM System.

With a choice of 2 colours (MO 0/MO 1), straight and angled designs, and 2 different gingival heights the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment offers high flexibility in its application (see below).

The design of the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment corresponds to the Straumann Titanium Anatomic Abutment range. For this reason, the existing Straumann CrossFit PLAN Set can be used for easy and fast intraoral prosthetic planning. No additional investment in instruments and no adaptation to new procedures are required. Dentists and dental technicians working with the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment can benefit from the simplified and efficient processes they are accustomed to and can anticipate a superior end result.

The Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment, with its anatomically pre-shaped design and its prepared mucosa margin, supports fast adaption to the individual patient situation, thereby reducing the need for time consuming grinding in the dental laboratory and allowing dental technicians to work in a familiar, standardized restorative workflow.

Consistent Emergence Profiles - the state-of-the-art in soft tissue management The Consistent Emergence Profiles concept of the Straumann Bone Level Implant and prosthetic line are state-of-the-art in soft tissue management and post-surgical healing of the mucosal tissue around the implant. Due to matched emergence profiles of healing abutment, temporary abutment and final abutment, the soft tissue can regenerate without adapting to new profiles. When the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment is used for a restoration, patients benefit from aesthetic outcomes and painless treatments from start to finish.

A consistent emergence profile from healing abutment to the final abutment results in simplified and optimized soft tissue management. Flexibility in application through mechanical properties The strength and machining characteristics of Ivoclar Vivadent's IPS e.max (ZrO2) dioxide ceramic make this material ideal for the fabrication of durable, high-precision and highly aesthetic abutments. The material properties, in combination with the design and production process technology of the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment, result in an excellent mechanical stability.

To test the mechanical properties of the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment, fatigue strength testing according to the ISO 14801 standard was conducted. With 2 million validation cycles at 2Hz at the same benchmark load as the titanium abutments, the Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment met all acceptance criteria. These proven mechanical qualities allow the restorative team high flexibility for indication and application.

The Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment allows the dental technician to directly veneer the restoration (CTE (100-500°C) 10.8 ± 0,25 10-6 K-1) with a layering ceramic like IPS e.max Ceram or use the IPS e.max ZirPress ingots for the press-ontechnique, which reduces the time needed to build the final restoration.

The Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment is part of the Straumann Bone Level Implant line, which features the unique Cross-Fit Connection. In addition to its mechanical benefits, the CrossFit Connection prevents bacterial infiltration and related infections through its shape and through a minimal micro gap between implant and abutment of smaller then 1µm, which is below the industry standard. Studies indicate that dimension and shape of the micro gap can substantially reduce the risk of infection and related complications and are therefore one of the key factors for crestal bone preservation, which is the fundament for aesthetic long term results.


Characteristics Advantages


2 colour shades
2 gingiva heights
Better aesthetics through flexible adaption to patient teeth colour and anatomy.

Straight and angled formFlexible adaption to patient dental anatomy and implant placement.

CrossFit ConnectionThe self-guiding connection makes handling easier, ensures precision and offers long-term stability as well as restorative flexibility.

Consistent Emergence Profiles
  • Optimizes and simplifies the soft tissue mgnt process throughout the treatment
  • Eases the fabrication of temporary restorations

Integrated into the Straumann Dental Implant SystemThe choice for dentists and dental technicians to select the best solution under clinical and economic considerations.

CrossFit PLAN SetUse of the proven and familiar Straumann CrossFit PLAN Set
  • No new investments necessary
  • Application of the same prosthetic procedures, no change required

Direct veneering optionThe Straumann Anatomic IPS e.max Abutment allows the dental technician to directly veneer the restoration or use the press-on technique, which reduces the time needed to build the final restoration.

IPS e.max (ZrO2) materialHigh quality zirconium oxide ceramic from Ivoclar Vivadent with outstanding aesthetic and material properties. Supports first experiences with anatomically formed ceramic abutments which might be a basis for possible future use of advanced CADCAM technologies such as the Straumann CADCAM System.
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