Keys to Success
Oftentimes in the course of dentistry there is more than one way to achieve a successful treatment result. One clinician may prefer a favorite technique, while another might choose a different route to reach his or her destination. The important thing is that we all arrive at a suitable conclusion: a functional, esthetically pleasing outcome for our patients. While various methods may be available to attain our restorative goals, fundamentals—or keys—help guide us along the way.
This brings us to our feature article this month. In “10 Keys for Successful Esthetic- Zone Single Immediate Implants,” the authors describe the vital role thorough, comprehensive treatment planning plays in clinical performance. They identify 10 essential elements for careful planning of immediate esthetic-zone implant placement. The procedure discussed includes two treatment-planning, five surgical, and three prosthetic keys that, if followed, will help minimize soft- and hard-tissue complications for an optimal esthetic implant restoration.
Our two CE articles this issue also offer clinicians guidance, albeit on two very different fronts. The first provides a thorough overview of one of dentistry’s more recent popular commodities, zirconia. The article discusses how dental professionals utilizing zirconia should be cognizant of the source of the material and the various factors that can affect the success—or failure—of a final restoration. It traces how the mineral zircon is processed, then reaches the dental laboratory and, ultimately, the patient’s mouth.
In our other CE article, the authors examine a novel technique in root coverage. Advanced platelet-rich fibrin represents a newer generation of blood-derived growth factors, and the article describes a simple, reproducible root-coverage procedure utilizing the fibrin-assisted soft-tissue promotion concept. For clinicians, understanding the intricacies of advanced platelet-rich fibrin and associated procedures is crucial for treatment planning.
As you face important clinical decisions on a daily basis, I am hopeful that this issue of Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry will offer you valuable guidance along the way. As always, we appreciate your ongoing support. Please contact me with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD