This lecture emphasizes the importance of objective evaluation criteria for esthetic results and long-term success. The difficulty in categorizing some treatment outcomes as satisfactory or poor is explained. The importance of emergence profile development via transitional and provisional prostheses prior to placement of the definitive prosthesis is emphasized. As a key factor in esthetic papilla generation, the distance from implant shoulder to marginal mucosa is described in detail. Finally, this presentation outlines the roles of material selection, framework design, shape of healing abutment, and porcelain characterization, translucency, outline, and surface texture. A brief discussion of pink and white esthetic scores is also included.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
evaluate the result of an implant treatment in the esthetic zone
recognize the importance of provisional prostheses in achieving a successful emergence profile
explain the importance of the distance from implant shoulder to marginal mucosa for esthetic papilla generation
discuss the factors that contribute to the final esthetic result