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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 35 (2020), No. 1     27. Jan. 2020
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 35 (2020), No. 1  (27.01.2020)

Online Article, Page e15-e20, doi:10.11607/jomi.7668, PubMed:31923302


Online Article: Preservation of Soft Tissue Contours Using Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Assisted Manufacturing Healing Abutment with Guided Surgery in the Esthetic Area: Case Report
Doliveux, Simon / Jamjoom, Faris Z. / Finelle, Gary / Hamilton, Adam / Gallucci, German O.
This case report describes a digital workflow for a computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) healing abutment used in immediate implant placement in the esthetic zone. The design of the healing abutment was based on the existing tooth anatomy in order to provide anatomical support to the gingival tissues and to preserve the gingival contours of the natural tooth. This approach enhances the esthetic outcome of the definitive implant restoration. The surgical procedure including the guided bone regeneration is simplified, postoperative morbidity is reduced, and excessive occlusal loading during healing is limited.

Keywords: CAD/CAM healing abutment, computer-guided surgery, immediate implant placement