Over the past 4 decades, developments in dental implant therapy have significantly impacted the diagnoses and treatment planning of knowledgeable dental practitioners. Critical factors include local and systemic patient issues; surgery, both grafting and implant placement; prosthesis selection, design and manufacturing; materials used; and esthetically desirable outcomes. This issue of Prosthodontics Newsletter reviews several key reports on a variety of factors to be considered during diagnosis and treatment planning at the front end of patient management.

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