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Implant Position in the Esthetic Zone

Implant Position in the Esthetic Zone - Dental CE Course
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

Siamak Abai, DDS, MMedSc

Proper implant positioning is patient- and often implant-specific, making prosthetic treatment planning and pre-placement protocol paramount for achieving predictable restorative results. Dr. Siamak Abai, staff dentist of clinical research at Glidewell Laboratories, details some of the established parameters with regard to implant spacing and angulation, and highlights the use of advanced tools such as Inclusive® Digital Treatment Planning services and the Inclusive® Tooth Replacement System (Glidewell Laboratories) to execute precise control over each individual case. Concepts include:

  • Patient-specific treatment planning
  • Mesiodistal orientation criteria
  • Labiolingual orientation criteria
  • Apico-coronal orientation criteria
  • Angulation considerations
  • Advantages of the Inclusive Tooth Replacement System


Since the advent of modern root form osseointegrated implant dentistry in 1952 by Per-Ingvar Brånemark and colleagues, clinicians have strived for improvements in implant positioning in the esthetic zone to achieve predictable restorative and esthetic results. Years of clinical experience in congruence with controlled clinical studies have led to established parameters as a guide for these results. Along with prosthetic treatment planning specific to each patient, adherence to these parameters can help maximize the chances of long-term success.

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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