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Fundamentally Changing Soft Tissue Grafting Fundamentally Changing Soft Tissue Grafting

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD

Date Added:

3/1/1997


Summary:

Soft tissue augmentation procedures to increase the existing zone or create a new zone of keratinized tissue have been classically, and are routinely, performed using the patient's palate as the donor material. This article describes the simplistic use of a periodontal material that can be used for soft tissue augmentation procedures without using the patient's own palate to procure the donor tissue. This periodontal material is an acellular dermal allograft that has been used extensively in medicine. This material, AlloDerm from Dentsply Implant, is a new dermal allograft with improved color and contour match, decreased patient morbidity, uniform material thickness, decreased doctor chairside time, and less postoperative pain experienced with the trauma associated with palatal autografts.

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