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Volume 28 , Issue 5
September/October 2008

Pages 441-451

Early Implant Placement Following Single-Tooth Extraction in the Esthetic Zone: Biologic Rationale and Surgical Procedures

Daniel Buser, DMD, Prof Dr Med Dent/Stephen T. Chen, MDSC/Hans Peter Weber, DMD, Dr Med Dent/Urs C. Belser, DMD, Prof Dr Med Dent

PMID: 18990995
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0818

Early implant placement is one treatment option for implant therapy following single-tooth extraction in the anterior maxilla. The surgical technique presented here is characterized by tooth extraction without flap elevation, a 4- to 8-week soft tissue healing period, implant placement in a correct three-dimensional position, simultaneous contour augmentation on the facial aspect with guided bone regeneration using a bioabsorbable collagen membrane combined with autogenous bone chips and a low-substitution bone filler, and tension-free primary wound closure. The surgical step-by-step procedure is presented with a case report. In addition, the biologic rationale is discussed. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2008;28:441451.)

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