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Volume 35 , Issue 1
January/February 2020

Pages e15–e20


Preservation of Soft Tissue Contours Using Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Assisted Manufacturing Healing Abutment with Guided Surgery in the Esthetic Area: Case Report


Simon Doliveux, DDS/Faris Z. Jamjoom, BDS, MS/Gary Finelle, DDS/Adam Hamilton, BDSc, DCD, FRACDS/German O. Gallucci, DMD, PhD


PMID: 31923302
DOI: 10.11607/jomi.7668

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.


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