Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: A Restorative Perspective
Treatment of the edentulous patients with implant-supported restorations presents a significant challenge to the treating clinician. Patient expectations in regard to aesthetics, phonetics, form and function are high.
There are a myriad of factors that need to be evaluated to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for a fixed vs. a removable implant-supported restoration. Evaluation of the edentulous patient is also complicated by the fact that patients may not only be missing clinical crown height but in addition may have experienced a combination of tooth, soft tissue and bone loss, with associated changes in facial form.
The purpose of this chapter is to evaluate the diagnostic factors that are critical in treatment planning of a patient for fixed implant-supported restorations.
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