Missing soft tissue is the main reason for compromised results in the esthetic zone. But because the soft tissue has to be supported by a sufficient amount of bone, our focus also has to be on bone. Given that no bone preservation technique (at the time of tooth extraction) known today gives us the perfect result we need, it is questionable whether any preservation technique should be used. Augmentation procedures are still needed, and our goal must be to preserve newly generated tissue volume over many years. At the end of this lecture, participants should be able to select the ideal technique to apply in compromised sites in the esthetic zone; understand the need for augmentation procedures in different situations; and know the scientific data regarding long-term esthetics with implants.
Ueli Grunder, DMD, received his dental degree as well as postgraduate education in advanced fixed prosthodontics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he has been a senior lecturer since 1987. He is a certified specialist in reconstructive dentistry. Dr Grunder has maintained a private practice in Zollikon-Zurich since 1989. He has published numerous papers and lectured nationally and internationally on the surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant dentistry. Dr Grunder is a past president of the Swiss Society of Oral Implantology and a past president of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.
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