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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2001 Mar;22(3):199-206; quiz 208.

Predictable single tooth peri-implant esthetics: five diagnostic keys.

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  • 1Creating Restorative Excellence Center for Advanced Dental Learning, Tacoma, Washington, USA.


The creation of an esthetic implant restoration with gingival architecture that harmonizes with the adjacent dentition is a formidable challenge. The predictability of the peri-implant esthetic outcome may ultimately be determined by the patient's own presenting anatomy rather than the clinician's ability to manage state-of-the-art procedures. To more accurately predict the peri-implant esthetic outcome before removing a failing tooth, five diagnostic keys are discussed. These keys include relative tooth position, form of the periodontium, biotype of the periodontium, tooth shape, and position of the osseous crest.

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