Current Knowledge in Managing Extraction Sockets in the Aesthetic Zone: Periodontal and Restorative Interrelationships

 Dennis P Tarnow
 Stephen J Chu

Implant dentistry is continuously evolving, offering new and more predictable forms of therapy with minimally invasive protocols. Innovative techniques now allow for better aesthetics, decreased treatment times, and greater patient comfort. However, these new techniques and therapies continue to raise questions and concerns regarding the risk and rewards of each - specifically, controversial issues regarding immediate post-extraction socket implant placement in relationship to survival and aesthetic outcomes. Immediate provisional restoration of immediate implants placed into healed (delayed) or augmented sites will be presented.

In addition, this lecture will address current concepts (i.e. platform switching), techniques, clinical research, histological evidence, and innovations in immediate implant placement and provisional restoration and how they can enhance treatment procedures, time and clinical outcomes for greater patient comfort, care and satisfaction.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the treatment time and survival rates associated with immediate protocols
  • To understand the treatment objectives of immediate implants and provisional restorations
  • To understand the prosthetic and biological impact on hard tissue buccal contour change and peri-implant soft tissue thickness
  • To understand the management of extraction sockets with dehiscence defects