A prerequisite to successful implant therapy in the esthetic zone is the understanding of the peri-implant mucosal barrier and the peri-implant soft tissue anatomy and physiology. In the constantly evolving field of esthetic implant restorations, emphasis is placed on selecting the least iatrogenic surgical and prosthetic procedure along with the most appropriate implant and abutment designs. Proper understanding of the need for three-dimensional hard and soft tissue preservation or augmentation will result in better soft tissue stability and improved clinical success in the esthetic zone. This clinically oriented course presents methods to preserve and augment soft tissues to establish esthetic tissue contours in different clinical situations and biotypes.
Eric Van Dooren, DDS, is an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and is a member of the editorial staff of Teamwork, Practical Procedures, and Aesthetic Dentistry and Implant Dentistry Today. He maintains a private practice limited to periodontics, fixed prosthodontics, and implants in Antwerp, Belgium. Dr Van Dooren lectures on esthetics, implants, and esthetic periodontal surgery both nationally and internationally and has published articles in several international journals.