Some essential questions regarding dental implant esthetics may be addressed through basic and clinical sciences. Our research efforts include studies that address many questions, including the following: What is the importance of local hard and soft tissue architecture on dental implant esthetic outcomes? How does the loading protocol affect the esthetic outcome of anterior single-tooth implants? Does the implant-abutment interface influence the behavior of tissues surrounding the implant crown? Are there significant short- and long-term esthetic risks associated with single anterior implant crowns? This presentation will include a review of existing information to answer these questions and clinical illustrations of implant surgical and restorative procedures that reflect these emerging guidelines.
Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhD, is the Stallings Distinguished Professor of Dentistry of the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, acting director of Graduate Prosthodontics, and director of the Bone Biology and Implant Therapy Laboratory. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and served as the 2010 president of the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP). He received the ACPís 2004 Clinician/Researcher Award and the IADRís 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award for Prosthodontics and Implantology. Dr Cooperís laboratory focuses on bone biology, adult stem cell bone regeneration, and clinical evaluation of dental implant therapies. His research findings have been presented in over 90 publications and in more than 250 national and international presentations.
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