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Esthetic implant complications and failures can be devastating for a patient and the doctor rendering treatment. Although the course of action required to deliver an esthetic implant restoration may, in certain instances, seem straightforward it has been rightfully suggested that the delivery of esthetic implant restorations be considered a complex treatment modality requiring advanced training and experience.

Providing acceptable esthetics for patients who desire implant replacements requires in depth knowledge of biologic mechanisms, superior patient management skills, and highly developed diagnostic acumen. Therefore, it is imperative that clinicians who want to provide esthetic implant therapy qualify themselves by obtaining additional education and experience specific to this advanced treatment modality.  That’s why all of our Sclar Center training courses include both functional and esthetic considerations, and we offer a comprehensive Esthetic Implant Site Development Course.

Clinicians who desire to provide esthetic implant replacements must possess a high level of knowledge and expertise in:

  • Principles of smile esthetics.
  • Systematic evaluation of esthetic implant patients.
  • Avoiding complications by performing an esthetic risk assessment and identifying factors that are known to contribute to esthetic complications and failures.
  • Avoiding esthetic complications related to unrealistic patient expectations.
  • Avoiding esthetic complications through interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  • Precise execution of esthetic implant treatment protocols supported by evidence based information including:  ideal 3D implant placement, extraction site management with ridge preservation for immediate or delayed implant placement, periodontal and peri-implant soft and hard tissue grafting procedures, esthetic crown lengthening and techniques for fabrication of immediate or delayed esthetic implant provisional restorations for dynamic shaping of natural appearing soft tissue architecture.

When the above prerequisites are not met, patients not only suffer from esthetic deformities, but also suffer psychological damage which often adds to the complexity of the treatment required to correct the esthetic deficit.

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to treat a significant number of patients who were referred to me after suffering reversible and irreversible esthetic implant complications, many of which could have been avoided. We have carefully catalogued these cases for teaching our residents and for use in our Sclar Center courses and in our annual comprehensive dental implant surgery training conference. See the news release about our one-day Dental Implant Complications seminar.



  1. August 16, 2012

    wonderful seminar!

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  3. September 12, 2012

    Very nice and informative post. This post gives me a lot of information about the dental implants .Thanks for sharing .

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