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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 26 (2011), No. 3     15. June 2011
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 26 (2011), No. 3  (15.06.2011)

Page 499-508, PubMed:21691596


Influence of Tissue Biotype on Implant Esthetics
Fu, Jia-Hui / Lee, Angie / Wang, Hom-Lay
Implant dentistry has come a long way since 1981, with great improvements made to achieve primary implant stability and improve bone-to-implant contact. The focus has since shifted toward creating an esthetic restoration that is indistinguishable from natural teeth and is stable over time. This paper proposes a management triad that enhances soft tissue thickness around implant-supported restorations while discussing distinct differences between thin and thick tissue biotypes. In addition, the effect of tissue biotype on implant esthetics is highlighted.

Keywords: biologic width, implant esthetics, interproximal papilla, peri-implant mucosa