Connective Tissue Graft Using Alloderm
Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD
Enhancing Esthetics with a Fixed Prosthesis Utilizing an Innovative Pontic Design and Periodontal Plastic Surgery
During the past two decades, significant advancements with the integration of periodontal plastic surgery into esthetic
restorative dental procedures have received increased attention. While ovate pontics have traditionally been used as a
restorative design following augmentation procedures to enhance esthetics, an alternate E-pontic design aims to
predictably support and maintain the gingival architecture between a single missing anterior tooth adjacent to a natural
tooth or an implant that is in harmony with the lip line and face. In addition, the E-pontic design promotes the gingival
facial tissue to coronally migrate over the pontic, creating a gingival sulcus. This article describes an innovative new
technique and a pontic design that predictably will develop, support, and maintain the gingival architecture to provide a
long-term esthetic and functional outcome.
A Novel Approach to Root Coverage: The Pinhole Surgical Technique
Free connective tissue graft techniques are currently considered the most predictable surgical method for root coverage. However, morbidity associated with secondary graft sites has generated interest in other methods. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasability of a novel surgical approach to root coverage: the pinhole surgical technique (PST). The retrospective study examined the results of PST used for 43 consecutive patients on 121 recession sites, of which 85 were Class I or II and 36 were Class III. The documented results indicate that PST holds promise as a minimally invasive, predictable, effective, and time and cost-effective method for obtaining optimal patient-based outcomes.
Oral Soft Tissue Laser Ablative and Coagulative Efficiencies Spectra
The key to the success of soft tissue
lasers is their ability to cut and coagulate the
soft tissue at the same time. Present work is
aimed to derive the wavelength-dependent
differences in photo-thermal ablation and
coagulation efficiencies for oral soft tissue
pulsed dental Near-IR Diode, Mid-IR Erbium
and IR CO2 lasers. Even though the soft tissue photothermal
ablation has been extensively
studied, there remains a discrepancy
between (a) the widely proliferated notion
about efficient Near-IR 800-1,100 nm laser
ablation of the oral soft tissue, and (b)
studies reporting the inefficient soft tissue
Near-IR absorption/ablation. Indeed, the notions about “the key to
the usefulness of the Nd:YAG is that this
wavelength is highly absorbed in oral soft
tissue”, and “all currently available dental
laser instruments and their emission wavelengths
have indications for use for incising,
excising... oral soft tissue surgery”,
contradict an observation illustrated here...
Periodontal Regeneration – State of the Art
The latest research and clinical options in periodontal regeneration.
Growth Factor Mediated Regenerative Therapies
In this very technical and scientific presentation, Dr. Joseph Choukroun, a physician and researcher from France, describes the benefits of Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) in wound healing. He emphasizes the effect of PRF on the two essential factors of wound healing which are new vessels and cells in surgical sites like extraction sockets, sinus augmentation and more.
Papilla Preservation and Regeneration in Reconstructive Therapy
Dr. Thomas Han outlines the clinical decision making rational for choosing a specific surgical technique for diverse papilla regenerative challenges in the anterior region.
Critical Concepts in Implant and Gingival Surgery; Flap Designs, Suture Techniques and Soft Tissue Management
This presentation by the Troeltzsch Brothers features the fundamentals of surgical procedures in the oral cavity. Highlighted are the basic concepts we all must integrate into our daily clinical practice. A discussion of the essential anatomic guidelines as they relate to flap design options and indications are emphasized. Furthermore, material selection, sutures and techniques of wound closures are clearly addressed. Critical solutions to common surgical complications are also described. This lecture is intended for surgical beginners as well as experienced clinicians who want to update their surgical knowledge. These fundamentals are also very popular in the hands-on courses given by the Troeltzsch brothers.
A Review of Clinical Applications for Soft Tissue Allografts & Autografts: Solutions for Teeth, Implants, and Dentures
The presentation focuses on the clinical applications for acellular dermal graft (ADG) materials. ADGs have been commonly presented and discussed to provide solutions for treating gingival recession. Compared to autogenous grafts, they have the advantage of minimizing pain, discomfort, and surgery time for patients by avoiding an intraoral donor site such as the palate. In addition to treating gingival recession, ADGs also have uses in bone grafting surgeries such as socket grafting and ridge augmentations (GBR) when they are utilized as a barrier membrane. Finally, ADGs can be combined with bone grafting materials to aid in the augmentation of edentulous ridges to aid denture support. While this last application is less common, it's use is worthy of discussion.
The Evolving Role of Soft Tissue Grafting in Esthetic Reconstructive Dentistry
Soft tissue grafting techniques, new regenerative materials and bioactivators will be highlighted.
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