Dr. James Kessler, Antonito, CO


Implant retained restorations have progressively become the “gold standard” for tooth replacement.

However, a retrospective look at our implant restorative efforts is often disappointing.  This may be particularly true with anterior restorations where we not only have the demands of function, but the added challenges associated with soft tissue management as well as meeting the patient’s esthetic demands or expectations.

In this presentation we will discuss identification of esthetic or functional compromises that are key to pre-operative outcome prediction. This will allow clear communication with our patients regarding what they can realistically expect prior to the initiation of any procedures.  This pre-operative outcome prediction results in a less stressful and more satisfying event for the restoring dentist, interdisciplinary team members, and the patient.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify critical risk factors that could lead to premature functional or esthetic failure
  2. Understand the challenges with anterior implant retained restorations.
  3. Communicate predictably with their interdisciplinary team and patients.

Bio: James C. Kessler, B.S., D.D.S., Retired Professor and Director of Advanced Esthetics and Technology, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. 

Owner – High Country Dental Arts Laboratory

Doctor Jim Kessler is a 1977 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Jim spent 20 years in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma and 18 years in full time dental education. Prior to his retirement in education, Jim directed the newly established Advanced Esthetics and Technologies Program at the University of Oklahoma. Jim was honored as the 1987 and 2011 Alumnus of the Year for the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and is past president of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. Upon retirement from dental education he has established a one-person dental laboratory near his home in Colorado.