Implant placement has become a routine procedure, and results can be achieved with high predictability. The most challenging field is still the esthetic zone. A pretreatment analysis is an important step to fulfill the patientís expectation regarding the possible esthetic outcomes. Clinicians have to understand the biologic limitations and therefore the limitations of each individual therapy as a whole as well as the difficulties of every individual clinical step. Depending on the preoperative situation and the expected results, the surgical and prosthetic procedure can be planned; however, it is difficult to select, from among a variety of surgical methods, the technique that can offer the best possible esthetic result in each particular case. The advantages as well as the risks or disadvantages of each technique have to be known. This presentation will discuss the different parameters that must be taken into consideration to plan for ideal esthetics in implant cases.
Ueli Grunder, DMD, received his dental degree as well as postgraduate education in advanced fixed prosthodontics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he has been senior lecturer since 1987. He is a certified specialist in reconstructive dentistry. Dr Grunder has maintained a private practice in Zollikon-Zurich since 1989. He has published numerous papers and lectured nationally and internationally on the surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant dentistry. Dr Grunder is a past president of the Swiss Society of Oral Implantology and a past president of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes