Achieving anterior implant esthetics is a challenging and demanding procedure. Creation of implant restorations with harmonious gingival contours that emulate nature is a fusion of science and art. Understanding the biologic and physiologic limitations of the soft and hard tissues will facilitate predictability in both simple and complex esthetic situations. This presentation will focus on current implant treatment philosophies and methodologies for the management of patients who will be losing a tooth or teeth in the esthetic zone. Equal emphasis will be placed on diagnosis and treatment planning, surgical protocols, and prosthetic management of soft and hard tissues for optimal anterior implant esthetics.
Joseph Kan, DDS, MS, is an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California. He is maintains a private practice dedicated to prosthodontics and implant surgery. Dr Kan was the 1997 recipient of the Best Research Award at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration, a 2003 recipient of the Judson C. Hinckey Award, and a 2005 recipient of the Robert James Achievement Award for his contributions to implant dentistry. Dr Kan serves on the editorial board for Practical Periodontics & Aesthetic Dentistry and is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, American College of Prosthodontists, and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.