In recent years, patients have become increasingly demanding in their esthetic expectations. In the case of implant-supported prostheses, the loss of bone parabolic architecture in the natural dentition forces the clinician to perform invasive surgery, with limited and unpredictable esthetic results, in an attempt to re-create the gingival parabolic architecture essential for a satisfactory outcome comparable to that of natural teeth. Esthetic needs become critical in the maxillary anterior region. Although a large amount of residual bone may not be necessary for functional purposes, it becomes essential to restore a few millimeters of bone in the partially edentulous ridge for the best possible esthetic result. The ultimate goal is to obtain long-term soft tissue stability and periodontal health as well as optimal esthetic results. The presentation will illustrate clinical cases in which bone regenerative techniques were implemented only for esthetic purposes.
Carlo Tinti, MD, DDS, maintains a full-time private practice devoted to periodontology and implant dentistry in Flero, Brescia, Italy. He is an active member of the Italian Society of Periodontology and the Italian Academy of Restorative Dentistry.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes