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Objective Criteria: Guiding and Evaluating Dental Implant Esthetics

Guiding and Evaluating Dental Implant Esthetics - Dental CE Course
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, Ph.D.

Little emphasis has been placed on the relative esthetic merits of single-tooth implant therapy compared with treatment involving root canal and a fixed partial denture. Additionally, there remain many unanswered questions regarding the esthetic requirements and related patient satisfaction concerning anterior single-unit implants. After reading this article by Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper, the clinician will understand:

  • Objective criteria for dental esthetics and the implant scenario
  • Use of the gingival zenith as a guide for dental implant placement
  • How to control peri-implant mucosal architecture
  • Prosthodontic management of peri-implant mucosal architecture


An objective approach to dental implant therapy is warranted. Recent application of objective criteria suggests that further control of the anterior dental esthetics might be achieved.

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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Reprint requests: Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, Ph.D., Department of Prosthodontics, UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA; email: Lyndon_Cooper@dentistry.unc.edu

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