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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

February 2012
Volume 43 , Issue 2

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Clinical and esthetic outcomes of single-tooth implants in the anterior maxilla

David Furze, BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng)/Ashley Byrne, RDT, BSc(Hons)/Nikolaos Donos, DDS, MS, FTHE, FDSRCS(Eng), PhD/Nikos Mardas, DDS, MS, PhD

Pages: 127134
PMID: 22257874

The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical and esthetic outcomes of 10 consecutive single-tooth implant restorations in the anterior maxilla. A specific treatment protocol consisting of (1) atraumatic extraction of the failing tooth, (2) placement of an SLActive bone-level implant with simultaneous guided bone regeneration at 6 to 8 weeks postextraction, (3) loading of a provisional restoration at 2 to 3 months following implant placement, (4) production of a customized impression coping, and (5) loading of the definitive all-ceramic abutment and crown 6 months after delivery of the provisional restoration was utilized in all cases. The outcomes were assessed 1 year after loading of the definitive restoration using standard clinical parameters: pink (PES) and white esthetic scores (WES). All implants were successfully integrated, accounting for a 100% survival and success rate. Besides clinical success, the application of the specific treatment protocol may be able to provide esthetically pleasing single-tooth implant restorations in the anterior maxilla, as was demonstrated by the results for PES (7.9 1.7) and WES (7.0 1.5). (Quintessence Int 2012;43:127134)

Key words: dental implants, esthetics, general dental practitioner

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