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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 183872, 11 pages
Case Report

Single-Tooth Morse Taper Connection Implant Placed in Grafted Site of the Anterior Maxilla: Clinical and Radiographic Evaluation

1Department of Surgical and Morphological Science, Dental School, University of Insubria, 21100 Varese, Italy
2ITEB Research Centre, University of Insubria, 21100 Varese, Italy
3Private Practice, 00193 Rome, Italy
4Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, Dental School, University G. d’Annunzio, 66100 Chieti, Italy

Received 19 June 2014; Accepted 30 August 2014; Published 5 November 2014

Academic Editor: Elton Gonçalves Zenobio

Copyright © 2014 Francesco Guido Mangano 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.


The aim of this study was to achieve aesthetically pleasing soft tissue contours in a severely compromised tooth in the anterior region of the maxilla. For a right-maxillary central incisor with localized advanced chronic periodontitis a tooth extraction followed by reconstructive procedures and delayed implant placement was proposed and accepted by the patient. Guided bone regeneration (GBR) technique was employed, with a biphasic calcium-phosphate (BCP) block graft placed in the extraction socket in conjunction with granules of the same material and a resorbable barrier membrane. After 6 months of healing, an implant was installed. The acrylic provisional restoration remained in situ for 3 months and then was substituted with the definitive crown. This ridge reconstruction technique enabled preserving both hard and soft tissues and counteracting vertical and horizontal bone resorption after tooth extraction and allowed for an ideal three-dimensional implant placement. Localized severe alveolar bone resorption of the anterior maxilla associated with chronic periodontal disease can be successfully treated by means of ridge reconstruction with GBR and delayed implant insertion; the placement of an early-loaded, Morse taper connection implant in the grafted site was effective to create an excellent clinical aesthetic result and to maintain it along time.