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Cosmetic Implant Dentistry: Platform and Abutment Selection Considerations

By Thomas M. Bilski, DDS

Commercial Supporter: Keystone Dental

This article discusses implant dentistry from a cosmetic perspective, focusing on platform and abutment considerations in the esthetic zone. Evaluation of hard and soft tissue is described. Abutment selection is discussed, particularly in regard to the final restoration. Abutment considerations include the restorative vertical height; cementation is also discussed. The latest innovations in digital dentistry are considered in relation to implant dentistry in the esthetic zone. Optimizing esthetics with the pink-collar approach is described.


  • Evaluate hard- and soft-tissue availability in the esthetic zone.
  • ​Select abutments and final restorations based on restorative considerations.
  • Be aware of creative innovations in digital dentistry.
  • Describe proper implant placement for optimizing esthetics (eg, pink collar).​

About the Author

Thomas M. Bilski, DDS 
Private Practice
Independence, Ohio

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