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Aesthetic Enhancement of Anterior Dental Implants with the Use of Tapered Osteotomes & Soft Tissue Manipluation Aesthetic Enhancement of Anterior Dental Implants with the Use of Tapered Osteotomes & Soft Tissue Manipluation

Author(s):

Jack A. Hahn, DDS;Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, Marc E. Moskowitz, DDS, David Kurtzman, DDS

Date Added:

1/1/1999


Summary:

An adequate bone base is usually a prerequisite for functionally and aesthetically optimal reconstruction of the soft tissue architecture around a dental implant. In patients with sufficient bone height but insufficient bone width as a result of tooth loss, a jaw enlargement technique with osteotomes combined with soft tissue manipulation may be utilized to facilitate proper implant placement while concomitantly optimizing the aes thetics of the final implant prosthesis. The learning objective of this article is to familiari ze the reader with the principles of ridge expansion with tapered osteotom.es combined with periodontal plastic soft tissue surgery to aid in proper implant placement and enhance the aesthetic result of the final prosthesis.

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