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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 378062, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/378062
Case Report

Immediate Provisionalization and Nonfunctional Loading of a Single Implant in the Maxillary Esthetic Zone: A Clinical Presentation and Parameters for Consideration

1Division of Graduate and Postgraduate Prosthodontics, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA
2Department of Prosthodontics, Division of Removable Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Aristotle University School of Health Sciences, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
3Private Practice Limited to Prosthodontics, 54622 Thessaloniki, Greece
4Private Practice Limited to Periodontics, 54623 Thessaloniki, Greece
5Private Practice, 54622 Thessaloniki, Greece
6Private Practice Limited to Prosthodontics, 00198 Rome, Italy

Received 27 September 2013; Accepted 20 October 2013

Academic Editors: M. N. de Araújo, T. Pereira-Cenci, and G. Schierano

Copyright © 2013 Konstantinos X. Michalakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Restoration of single tooth loss with implant supported prosthesis is now considered a highly predictable treatment. However, the maxillary anterior region still presents a challenge for both the prosthodontist and the periodontist because of the inherent difficulties encountered in the provisionalization and harmonic incorporation of the definitive prosthesis into patient’s dentogingival complex. This paper presents a clinical case of a single implant placed immediately after the extraction of a maxillary central incisor, followed by immediate provisionalization and nonfunctional loading. The surgical and the restorative techniques are described, and the parameters of consideration for this approach are presented.