The key to success is to understand and develop predictable strategies in patient care. The role and importance of provisional restorations have been redefined in therapy involving immediate placement of single and multiple anterior implants. Challenging esthetic dilemmas and their interdisciplinary solutions, including orthodontic, periodontic, and prosthetic elements of treatment planning and adjunctive treatment, will be presented. This presentation will clarify the role of provisional restorations in immediate implant placement for single- and multiple-implant scenarios in the anterior region.
Stephen J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT, MDT, is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry and the director of the Advanced CDE Programs in Aesthetic Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry as well as a partner in a private group practice specializing in esthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Dr Chu is a section editor for Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry and serves on the editorial review boards for the European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He has published more than 15 articles, and he lectures worldwide on the subjects of esthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. In addition to contributing chapters to several textbooks, Dr Chu has co-authored Fundamentals of Color: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry (Quintessence, 2004) and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry: Principles and Practice (Montage Media, 2008).