Edition V06N04 | Year 2012 | Editorial Caso Clínico | Pages 66 to 74
One of the major current challenges in Dentistry is oral rehabilitation after tooth loss due to trauma. Esthetic and functional results, together with periodontal health, define success and prognosis. Implant dentistry provides the resources for the placement of osseointegrated screw-retained implants or cemented prostheses to replace missing teeth. Careful use of provisional prostheses preserves the harmonious architecture of gingival tissues and affects final treatment results positively. This study describes a clinical case of root fracture of the right maxillary central incisor (tooth #11) due to dental trauma. The tooth was extracted, an immediate implant was placed and the provisional prosthesis was fabricated using the clinical crown of the fractured tooth. The use of a fractured tooth for provisional restorations is a viable technique that has good esthetic and functional results and preserves gingival and dental balance.