The major focus of implant lectures has recently highlighted the necessity of creating implant crowns that are the equal of the conventional crown and bridge prosthesis. This is attainable in many cases, but not in all. The lecture will demonstrate many of the surgical and prosthetic steps that are necessary to deliver desirable esthetics. It will also clarify some of the ambiguities about complex cases with advanced bone loss and cosmetic strategy necessary to deliver a satisfactory esthetic result and maintain the integrity of the bone around the implants. The correction of esthetic disfigurements resulting from previous implant therapy will also be addressed, and techniques available to avoid these untoward results will be highlighted.
Burton Langer, DMD, MSD, is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He was one of the first periodontists trained in osseointegration by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark in 1983. Dr Langer has lectured extensively throughout the world and has written more than 30 articles. He is the 1997 recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Master Clinician Award.