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Restoration Implant Placement & Site Development Restoration Implant Placement & Site Development

Author(s):

David Garber, DMD

Date Added:

1/8/1995


Summary:

In any restoration or natural tooth, the surrounding soft-tissue profile plays an integral role in the final esthetics of a case. Similarly in implant restorations, it is no longer sufficient to merely attach a prosthetic device to the underlying fixture, but for optimal esthetics it has become essential for the implant site to be reconstituted in a three-dimensional approach. This invariably involves redevelopment or replacement of lost hard tissue and redevelopment of the correct soft-tissue profile, so that the implant can be placed in the desired position as determined by the restoration, while the soft-tissue profiles are in turn generated by the actual form and contours of the prosthetic device. This article addresses an approach to implant site development.

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