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Strategic Vertical Guided-Bone Regeneration in the Esthetic Zone: The Final Millimeters

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Joseph Kan, DDS, MS, AFAAID

  • Associate Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry  
  • Professor, Loma Linda University
  • Private Practice, Covina, California

Vertical guided-bone regeneration to optimize anterior implant gingival esthetics is always daunting. While regeneration of bone vertically is achievable, it does not necessarily translate to soft tissue esthetics, especially in the final few millimeters where the tissue meets the prosthesis. This often means the difference between having an esthetic looking implant restoration versus a long crown without papillae or crown with artificial gingiva. This presentation will focus on a novel concept of integrating strategic surgical grafting and prosthetic manipulation of soft and hard tissue to attain that critical final millimeters in the event of partially edentulous vertical defects in the esthetic zone.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: 
  1. Diagnose and treatment plan for vertical defects in the esthetic zone
  2. Understand BGR concepts and determine if the paradigm is shifting
  3. Determine if the paradigm is shiftinging in the prosthetic emergency profile


    AGD Subject Code: 492

Topics: Joseph Kan, Esthetic Zone, vertical guided, Bone regeneration