Document Type: Technical Report

Authors

1 Private Practice, Fayetteville, AR, Dept. Dept. of Prosthodontics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

2 Dept. of Prosthodontics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

3 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Prosthodontics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Abstract

Immediate placement of dental implants presents many challenges, especially when partial or complete fixed restorations are the intended prosthetic outcome. With modern advancements in CAD/CAM technology, the ease and predictability of such complex cases is vastly improved. However, certain clinical situations remain that preclude the traditional implementation of this controlled approach to implant planning/placement and the current solutions to these problems each impose some level of compromise. This article describes a technique permitting both prosthetically-driven implant planning and increased surgical guide accuracy in situations where existing hopeless teeth would otherwise impede optimal treatment.