Zirconia implants can offer a good alternative to titanium implants. Due to their specific material properties, they have the potential for a more appealing aesthetic result, which can be particularly important in the anterior zone. In the present study, the pink and white aesthetics of immediately placed zirconia implants in the anterior maxillary zone in 20 patients were assessed on the basis of Pink and White Esthetic Scores (PES and WES). To this end, two clinical photographs were compared: one taken immediately after placement of the permanent crown (mean PES = 12.8; mean WES = 8.5) and the other one taken at a later time (mean PES = 12.8; mean WES = 8.6). No statistically significant difference was found between the two moments. Volunteers found it difficult to correctly identify the implant among the other front teeth. Patients completed a questionnaire regarding the aesthetics of the pink and white implant and they graded the final result with an 8.5 score on a point scale of 0 to 10. The aesthetic appearance of a zirconia implant is excellent and stable over time. Patients are generally satisfied with the result.
|Rubriek||Onderzoek en wetenschap|
|Publicatiedatum||6 juli 2018|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 125 - editie 7-8 - juli en augustus 2018; 389-395|