Whereas the initial rationale for implant placement was aimed at the replacement of missing or hopeless teeth, there has been an increasing tendency to sacrifice salvageable teeth, based on considerations such as expediency and treatment simplification. Implant therapy, however, is not without complications, particularly as it pertains to the esthetic zone. The clinician must therefore become cognizant of those clinical circumstances with a predisposition for suboptimal esthetic outcomes, including scenarios where tooth preservation may be the preferred alternative. This presentation will also discuss biologically based protocols and techniques for site preservation and development that may enhance the predictability of implant esthetics.
Ernesto A. Lee, DMD, is director of the Postdoctoral Periodontal Prosthesis/Fixed Prosthodontics Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, Dr Lee is a clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at the Advanced Esthetic Dentistry Program at the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr Lee also maintains a private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Dr Lee has nearly 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit, as well as chapters in several textbooks. His areas of expertise include esthetic and interdisciplinary therapy, dentogingival and implant–soft tissue esthetics, and fixed prosthodontic and impression techniques. Dr Lee serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry and Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. Dr Lee has lectured before the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.
Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes