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Two Immediate Temporization Methods Exemplified: Flap vs. Punch Technique in Implant Surgery Two Immediate Temporization Methods Exemplified: Flap vs. Punch Technique in Implant Surgery

Author(s):

Stephen J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT;Dennis P. Tarnow, DDS

Date Added:

4/16/2014


Summary:

Protocols and techniques for immediate tooth replacement in the esthetic zone have become more popular and predictable within the past decade. Two different clinical scenarios are presented where immediate temporization of implants placed into healed or augmented ridges is exemplified. The benefits of augmentation prior to implant placement and temporization are that flap elevation is not required; therefore, the blood supply to the labial plate is not compromised, thereby eliminating potential midfacial recession. In addition, the soft tissue subgingival shape of the temporary crown can be non-surgically sculpted at the time of implant placement since the patient is already anesthetized.

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