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Aesthetic Enhancement of Anterior Dental Implants with the Use of Tapered Osteotomes and Soft Tissue Manipulation Aesthetic Enhancement of Anterior Dental Implants with the Use of Tapered Osteotomes and Soft Tissue Manipulation

Author(s):

Jack A. Hahn, DDS;Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD

Date Added:

7/1/1998


Summary:

As osseointegration of endosseous dental implants has become predictable and well-documented, the emphasis in dental- implant treatment has shifted from functional concerns to the achievement of long-term aesthetic results. An adequate alveolar bone base is the prerequisite for functional and aesthetically optimal reconstruction of the soft-tissue architecture. This is true for both fixed partial denture (FPD) pontic sites and dental implant sites. In patients with sufficient bone height but insufficient bone width resulting from tooth loss, a ridge enlargement technique using osteotomes combined with soft-tissue manipulation may be utilized to facilitate proper implant placement and optimize the aesthetics of the final implant prosthesis. This article discusses the principles involved in proper application of this technique.

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