Esthetic Implant Complications: Key’s to Avoiding and Achieving Consistent Outcomes

Esthetic Implant Complications: Key’s to Avoiding and Achieving Consistent Outcomes
8:50 – 9:25 A.M.
Steven J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT
New York University

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify the implant complications and risks in the esthetic zone.
  • Discuss the biology behind circumferential bone volume for long term maintenance to prevent ridge collapse, recession, and papillae loss.
  • Describe the inverted body-shift concept in macro implant design.

Immediate tooth replacement therapy has become a mainstream treatment modality for single and multiple tooth implants in the esthetic zone. The balance between achieving primary stability, implant diameter, and gap distance is a delicate dance yet essential for survival and esthetics. However, esthetic risks and complications exist such as apical socket perforation, loss of labial plate thickness over time, and loss of the interdental papilla due to proximity issues with tooth-to-implant distance following placement.

An inverted body-shift implant design concept will be presented and supported by pre-clinical and clinical studies that scientifically supports, validates, and reinforces the biologic principles in design that ultimately enhances esthetic outcomes in modern day implantology.

Biography: Dr. Stephen J. Chu is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at New York University College of Dentistry in the departments of periodontology, implant dentistry, and prosthodontics. He maintains a private practice in fixed prosthodontics, esthetic, and implant dentistry in New York City. Dr. Chu is the executive editor of Compendium.