INTRODUCTIONThe increased success and predictability of dental implants have led to their use in a wide variety of clinical situations, including the replacement of single missing teeth in the anterior maxilla. With increasing patient demands and expectations, attempts have been made to shorten the overall treatment period by placing implants immediately following tooth extraction. Immediate implant placement for single‐tooth replacement has become a commonly utilised treatment strategy, especially in the anterior maxilla (den Hartog, Slater, Vissink, Meijer & Raghoebar, ; Lang, Pun, Lau, Li & Wong, ).To further expedite the treatment process, immediate placement has been combined with immediate restoration, a protocol which has become increasingly popular in the past decade (De Rouck, Collys & Cosyn, ; Wohrle, ). It has been suggested that the provision of an immediate restoration may provide improved support to the soft tissues in the period immediately following extraction, leading to superior aesthetic outcomes (Lang et al., ; Lin, Chan & Wang, ). Implant survival with this technique has been shown to be comparable to other established protocols in the short term (Slagter et al., ). The soft‐tissue changes and aesthetic outcomes have been reported to be satisfactory within the first year of implant placement, but
Clinical Oral Implants Research – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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