Implant Emergence Contours - It Matters - T-Bone Speaks

Implant Emergence Contours – It Matters

An area often overlooked when it comes to implant restorations is the sub gingival emergence contour.  This case illustrates quite nicely why and how this matters.


As you can see the original restoration looks nice (the crown portion) but has what i would call poor emergence contours.  Specifically, here are the concerns I have…

  1. Hygiene.  With the contours being so narrow it leaves an area for food to be trapped.
  2. Cracking.  With the contours being so narrow it leaves a high chance that the ceramic may fracture in the neck area.
  3. Restoration Support.  The crown portion isn’t fully supported leaving a chance for restoration fracture.
  4. Bite Mechanics.  The crown not being supported will create a cantilever force on the buccal of the implant.

Being frustrated I decided to just make the restoration myself utilizing CEREC and emax abutment block.  Having control over the design allowed me to better design the emergence contours and crown support.


Here is a picture of the two restorations (same patient, same implant, same everything) side by side.


You can even see in the above picture the crud that has been collecting on this restoration.  That can’t be good!

Here’s what these look like radiographically…

The ill designed restoration….


The more ideally designed restoration…


Which restoration would you prefer?  Which restoration gives the best chance of success?

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About the Author Tarun Agarwal

Dr. Tarun Agarwal represents the next generation of leadership for the dental profession. As a respected speaker, author and opinion leader, he is changing the way general dentists and their teams practice.

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  • scott says:

    I’m a newb to implant dentistry. The curriculum in the continuum I’m currently enrolled in advocates to restore implants the other way around:

    Ideally with the first 1.5-2mm coronal to the platform being parallel and then curving out to allow maximum soft tissue fill and reduce crestal bone loss. I see the logic in both of the positions…any long term follow-up on bone levels of implants restored with your proposed design?

  • scott says:

    Nope, learning to do equicrestal placement

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