Penn Dental Medicine


Alumni CDE » Best Clinical Practices for Implant Esthetics

Date Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Credits 2 lecture credit hours
Tuition Free
Location Penn Dental Medicine
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Course Description

Contemporary implant therapy aims to provide highly esthetic treatment outcomes, while decreasing treatment duration and complexity. The clinician must be cognizant of circumstances with a predisposition for sub-optimal esthetic outcomes, including scenarios where a tooth-supported restoration may be preferable. An understanding of the biologic, biomechanical, and design elements that influence peri-implant tissue preservation and maintenance, is essential to this endeavor. This presentation will discuss current treatment methodologies and identify the best clinical practices for achieving predictable implant esthetics as part of the smile design process; ranging from dento-facial to peri-implant esthetic considerations.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify what types of cases favor the achievement of implant esthetics, and those at risk of suboptimal outcomes.
  • Become familiar with the clinical considerations involved in treatment planning immediate vs. delayed implant placement.
  • Distinguish what implant design characteristics are important for the achievement and sustainability of implant esthetics.
  • Gain knowledge of the surgical and restorative techniques involved in the immediate implant placement and provisionalization protocol.
  • Identify site development alternatives utilizing forced eruption and distraction osteogenesis.


Dr. Ernesto Lee: Dr. Ernesto A. Lee is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Postdoctoral Periodontics-Prosthodontics Program and the Postdoctoral Implantology Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lee is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Panama. He subsequently earned dual degrees in Prosthodontics and Periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania. His private practice is located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; a suburb of Philadelphia; and is limited to Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Lee serves on multiple editorial boards, and has contributed to several textbooks as editor and chapter author. He additionally counts with approximately twenty-five publications in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Journal of Clinical Oral Implant Research, Journal of Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry (PP&AD), Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Journal, and the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. Dr. Lee has presented before the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, International Symposium on Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He maintains an active lecture schedule in the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
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