This program is a perspective into how cross-disciplinary interface planning has become an integral part of clinical esthetic dentistry, in particular implant diagnostics. Today it is essential to combine “white” tooth esthetics with “pink” gingival aspects. Understanding the individual prosthetic, surgical, and biologic limitations is part of innovative treatment-planning protocols developed in an approach to provide, simplify, and expedite minimally invasive limited therapy. Preemptive CBCT and 3D CAD/CAM planning of soft and hard tissue procedures, implant placement, ridge reduction, and restorative design now utilize new innovative protocols for the entire restoration from top to bottom—implant, abutment, and restoration—and the interfaces in between.
David A. Garber, DMD, is one of the internationally recognized multidisciplinary educators of the well-known “Team Atlanta.” He is a dually trained clinician and professor in the Departments of Periodontics and Oral Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Georgia. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Louisiana State University and in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He is a past president of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED) and has served on the boards of both the AAED and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. He is a former editor of the Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and co-author of Porcelain & Composite Inlays & Onlays: Esthetic Posterior Restorations (Quintessence, 1994) and Complete Dental Bleaching (Quintessence, 1995). He has also published over 60 articles and textbooks chapters.
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