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Using an Acellular Dermal Matrix for Increasing Keratinized Tissue Around Dental Implants Using an Acellular Dermal Matrix for Increasing Keratinized Tissue Around Dental Implants

Author(s):

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

Date Added:

5/27/1999


Summary:

In previously published articles, investigators concluded that gingival recession may affect up to 90% of the population. Gingival recession ranges from one to three millimeters and is predominantly noted on the buccal surfaces of molar, premolar, and lower incisor teeth. Although surgical grafting techniques have traditionally been used to restore these recession sites, an acellular allograft material has recently been developed for increasing the zone of keratinized tissue surrounding teeth and dental implants. The advantages of this material include improved color match, ease of use, predictability. reduced patient discomfort, and affordable treatment expense. This case study describes the use of an acellular dermal matrix (AlloDerm, LifeCell Corp.) to correct mucogingival complications while increasing or maintaining the keratinized attached gingival tissues.

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