The recently developed Straumann BLX implant combines an innovative design with proven surface technology that gives the clinician the possibility of achieving high insertion torque during placement in a fresh extraction socket. The concept of immediate implant placement after extraction provides reduction in the number of surgical interventions and a shorter treatment time.
Nevertheless, one of the shortcomings with immediate implants in replacing maxillary molars is the number of roots, lower bone density and proximity to the maxillary sinus. Conversely, the use of a personalized healing abutment presents the possibility of maintaining the gingival morphology and cervical dimensions of the extracted tooth, thus avoiding the need to re-create the profile with the temporary restoration.
This visual essay, which I authored with my partner Dr. Jack Goldberg from our practice in Mexico City, will walk the reader through the insertion of an immediate implant in a maxillary molar site with the fabrication of a personalized healing abutment.
Following this step-by-step technique will provide you with more confidence in your placement of a Straumann BLX implant with a personalized healing abutment fabricated with flowable composite.
Ricardo Mitrani, D.D.S., M.S.D., is a member of Spear Resident Faculty. Dr. Jack Goldberg, D.D.S., M.S., contributed to this article.