By Edward Goldin, DDS
In today’s state of implant dentistry, simply achieving osseointegration and creating a functional restoration is not enough. Patients have come to expect highly esthetic results regardless of whether or not we are restoring teeth or implants. In the early days of implants, putting the words “esthetic” and “implants” in the same sentence might get you laughed off the podium. Today, it’s hard to find a lecture that doesn’t contain these two words together; times have changed.
Fortunately, the tools for achieving good implant esthetics are really no different from those necessary to achieve good esthetics on natural teeth. All the rules of provisionalization apply:
- Develop proper emergence profile.
- Establish proper tooth form.
- Establish proper occlusal scheme.
- Use materials that will support optimal soft-tissue healing. (This is the key to implant esthetics.)