A multidisciplinary esthetic approach to single-tooth replacement and diastema closure

Valentine Lyssova, Denise Estafan, Ralph P. Cunningham

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Anterior tooth replacement has always posed an esthetic challenge for dentists. A multidisciplinary approach makes it possible to provide patients with esthetics and function. Treatment planning should involve other specialists when clinicians are faced with the additional esthetic concerns of the patient (such as anterior spatial anomalies and esthetically unpleasant existing restorations). Metal-ceramic fixed partial dentures have been used to allow the replacement of missing teeth for many years, providing both strength and esthetics.1,2 Several other options also are available, including implant placement. Dental implants in the esthetic zone are well-documented in the literature; numerous controlled clinical trials have shown overall implant survival and success rates.3,4 This article illustrates a step-by-step analysis and treatment option for a single-tooth replacement and maxillary anterior spatial dilemma using Captek crowns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalGeneral dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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