An otherwise healthy 65-year-old male patient presented with a tooth 12 that was not worthy of preservation, and a request for implantological restoration (Figs. 1a–c).
The initial situation shows a crown that is clearly angulated vestibular, and inflamed, slightly reddened and swollen vestibular mucosa with partial loss of the papillary tips. First, atraumatic extraction of tooth 12 was performed with preservation of the alveolar walls (Fig. 2a). The vestibular lamella was already resorbed due to the inflammatory process (Fig. 2b) caused by a longitudinal fracture (Fig. 2c).
Complementing this, the alveolus was recon structed in terms of ARP (Alveolar Ridge Preservation) using autologous platelet and fibrin concentrate (plate-let-rich fibrin–PRF) in combination with the β-tricalcium phosphate collagen matrix (CERASORB® Foam, curasan; Figs. 3a–c). In order to achieve optimal shaping of the soft tissue, the gap was provisionally addressed with a removable interim prosthesis.
After a healing phase of 6 months (Figs. 4a–c), the pre-implantological planning was carried out using digital volume tomography and an X-ray template.
Evaluation showed sufficient osseous reconstruction of the alveolar bone, allowing smooth axial alignment of the implant in accordance with the planned prosthetic crown (Fig. 5).
In order to achieve an additional effect on the shaping of the soft tissue, a vestibular pedicled roll flap technique was used for implant placement (Figs. 6a–d). Thus, additional thickening of the vestibular mucosa was achieved. Due to the very good primary stability and for soft tissue conditioning, transgingival healing was carried out with a narrow healing abutment in order to create more space for the mucosa to regenerate.
With the aid of an orienting drilling template, a maximally palatal as well as steep insertion axis of the implant was selected in order to enable screw-retained restoration with the future crown and simultaneously achieve a broad vestibular hard- and soft-tissue volume (Figs. 7a–d). Thus the implant axis deviates significantly from the former natural tooth axis. A tapered implant design with a diameter of 3.3 mm was selected in order to both account for the clinical dimension of the gap and guarantee high primary stability of the implant for transgingival healing.
After a healing phase of three months, the final pros-thetic restoration was initiated under satisfactory hard- and soft-tissue conditions (Figs. 8a & b). By implementation of the pre-prosthetic planning of the implant axis, it was possible to achieve a screw-retained solution for the single-tooth crown (Figs. 8c & d). The final prosthetic restoration is a fully ceramically veneered high-gold crown for avoidance of an adhesive gap. Replacement of the adjacent plastic filling on tooth 23 could have been considered for harmonisation of the aesthetics. Nevertheless, the patient’s aesthetic requirements were met, especially in view of the initial clinical situation. The patient was very satisfied with the result, although objectively no reconstruction of the papilla tips was achieved. However, further “maturing” of the papillae over the course of time is to be expected.