This presentation will address the controversy of whether tooth extraction and simultaneous implant placement is possible, as well as whether it is the preferred method of treatment in the esthetic zone. This technique decreases the amount of time and number of surgical interventions necessary to achieve optimal results. Because prosthetic outcomes are often dependent on the frame of the gingival architecture to be esthetically successful, several techniques to correct ridge depressions, uneven gingival heights, and color aberrations will be discussed. The statistical results of more than 6,000 extractions with simultaneous implant placement will be compared with the results of implants placed in healed sites. Special attention will be paid to 800 single implants immediately placed in the esthetic zone.
Laureen Langer, DDS, is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, where she also received her certificate in periodontics. She was associate clinical professor at Columbia for 18 years and was the co-director of the implant program in the Postgraduate Division of Periodontics. Dr Langer has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals and has chapters in six textbooks on the subject of periodontal surgery, subepithelial connective tissue grafts, bone and soft tissue grafting, sinus elevations, and implants. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration. She is past president of the Osseointegration Foundation and the Northeastern Society of Periodontists. She is the 2006 recipient of the Isador Hirschfeld Award for Clinical Excellence. In addition, Dr Langer was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Columbia University’s Periodontal Alumni Association in 2008.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes