A Biologically Driven Concept to Design the Emergence Profile Around Dental Implants: Surgical and Prosthetic Considerations to Optimize Hard and Soft Tissue Integration

Giacomo Fabbri, Roberto Sorrentino

The emergence profile is a crucial factor in facilitating favorable esthetic outcomes and maintaining peri-implant health and stability. It should be evaluated not simply in terms of morphology but as a clinical variable closely related to material properties and clinical approaches; in this way, this critical factor-which can significantly influence the integration, stability, and preservation of bone and soft tissues-can be comprehensively planned. Soft tissue integration and adherence to prosthetic components are paramount elements in the preservation and protection of bone from contamination and infection. The present narrative paper presents a prosthetic concept suggested as an operative strategy to preserve peri-implant hard and soft tissues and achieve predictable prosthetic outcomes, optimizing soft tissue integration. Achieving an ideal soft tissue seal around implants is paramount in achieving stable restorations and protecting the bone interface from possible contamination and infection.
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. Nov-Dec 2021;41(6):913-921.doi: 10.11607/prd.5063.