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Dental Implants: Mastering Esthetics in the Smile Zone Dental Implants: Mastering Esthetics in the Smile Zone

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Gregori M. Kutrzman, DDS, David Kurtzman, DDS, Peter C. Shatz, DDS

Date Added:

4/1/2007


Summary:

The key to contemporary restorative dentistry is the fabrication of healthy, maintainable, esthetic, and functional prostheses. The true success of any restoration is reliant on the creation of an “illusion of reality,” regardless of the restorative modality used (eg, porcelain laminate veneers, crowns, and/or implant-supported prostheses). Developments and advances to the restorative armamentarium have significantly improved the clinician’s ability to deliver predictable and reliable treatments. Osseointegration is one of the essential components of implant therapy. It is universally accepted that implant dentistry is a restorative-driven treatment with a surgical component.

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