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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2017 Jul;38(7):e13-e16.

Cutting-Edge Implant Rehabilitation Design and Management: A Tapered Abutment Approach.

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Private Practice, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Private Practice, Silver Spring, Maryland.


Immediate implant placement can pose challenges surgically and, ultimately, restoratively. Yet immediate placement has become the standard when adequate bone is present to achieve primary stability and site infection is minimal. To avoid prosthetic complications and ensure the implant is encased in bone after healing, proper planning must consider that implant placement does not necessarily need to follow the trajectory of the root socket. As discussed in this article, maxillary anterior sites have potential issues related to the "triangle of bone" that are not encountered in molar sites and demand different approaches to ensure treatment success. Additionally, this article addresses decision-making on molar sites in regard to implant diameter, as well as the rationale for platform switching.

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