Implant supported restorations are a viable alternative for the replacement of missing teeth. However, the bone remodeling process which occurs when a natural root is lost permanently alters the architecture of the alveolar ridge. While in most cases the bone volume can be predictably enhanced in order to accommodate a dental implant, the overlaying soft tissue does not resemble the natural marginal periodontium.
In order to have a good esthetic outcome of the prosthetic treatment, the transition zone of the implant supported restoration needs to be carefully managed.
This conference describes two different, but converging points of view on the management of the transition zone: the oral surgeon and the restorative dentist. Intended to be a (constructive) debate between specialties, the presentation is focused on the decision making process, corresponding to different clinical scenarios: to graft the soft tissue or just shape the Pontic? Make an immediate restoration or delay loading? Extract a non-restorable root or go for a partial extraction approach?
All these topics and more will be addressed in a back to back presentation, constructed as a dialogue.