The mucointegration is of major importance to ensure long term success of implant and to prevent bacterial progression from the oral cavity to the implant surface. A major criterion influencing this biological interface is the type, quality and thickness of the peri-implant mucosa. How to preserve pre-existing keratinized and fibrous mucosa and how to thicken, increase or create a favorable soft tissue environment before or at implant placement will be illustrated. Another important parameter is the design and material composition of the trans-mucosal components, knowing that a cell adhesion is not possible on any material, and that the design of the abutment can create a stabilizing ring of connective tissue to protect underlying structures.
About Dr. Lambert:
France Lambert graduated with in dentistry in 2002 and also completed a post-graduate program in Periodontology at the University of Liège. In 2005, she received an ITI scholarship to expand her education in implantology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is Professor in periodontology, oral surgery and Dental Biomaterials (www.d-bru.ulg.ac.be) and Head of Department of Periodontology and Oral Surgery and oral implantology (www.parochu.be) at University of Liège, Belgium. Her clinical activity is dedicated to periodontology and implantology. The focus of her research is 1° bone regeneration and biomaterials, 2° soft tissue integration around teeth and implants and 3° innovative and less invasive implant protocols. She is lecturing internationally and is the author of several international publications. France Lambert is also the past-President of the Belgian Society of Periodontology