Title: The emergence profile pontic (optimizing esthetics and hygiene with tissu compression using splinted implant screw retained prosthetics)
Achieving long term stability of hard and soft tissues around dental implant restaurations has always been a chief concern when planning and executing a case. And above obvious aesthetic concerns, prosthetic design can also have a significant influence on this outcome by how well it facilitates hygiene for the patient.
The purpose of this presentation is to describe a new compressive design of the prosthetic intaglio that follows the contours of the residual osseous ridge crest and displaces more of the soft tissue into the buccal, lingual and interproximal areas such as to better reproduce the natural emergence profile of a tooth.
This change in design and augmented compression at the time of final delivery greatly facilitates long term hygiene maintenance by strategically repositioning the attached gingiva as well as creating a favorable environment for epithelial attachement of the gingiva to the substructure, thus offering better clinical outcomes when opting for splinted screw-retained prosthetic treatment modalities for the partially or fully edentulous mandibule or maxilla.