Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)
With increasing emphasis on ideal esthetic outcomes in implant cases, clinicians require a firm understanding of the biological considerations needed to produce predictable results. Dr. Siamak Abai summarizes considerations with regard to peri-implant soft tissue, gingival biotype and other key characteristics clinicians should account for when treatment planning in the esthetic zone. He further explains the vital role of proper implant placement, site preparation and the role of a properly planned provisional in managing soft tissue, mitigating bone loss and, ultimately, providing a successful esthetic and functional outcome. Topics include:
- Surgical treatment planning for a predictable restorative outcome
- Assessing the health and stability of peri-implant soft tissue
- Importance of maintaining a constant gingival dimension
- Proper implant selection with regard to cervical width
- Classifications and effect of gingival biotype
- Protocol for effectively managing soft tissue through temporization
- Benefits of immediate placement and provisionalization
- Determination of the appropriate healing duration
To practice implant dentistry successfully, clinicians must approach the surgical phase with comprehensive knowledge of the restorative procedures and biological characteristics that impact esthetic outcomes. Biological considerations such as tissue biotype, peri-implant soft tissue, bone preservation and periodontal health should be accounted for when treatment planning, placing and positioning implants, preparing implant sites and managing soft tissue. Careful consideration of these factors offers the best strategy for attaining a high rate of patient acceptance for implant restorations in the esthetic zone.
CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.
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