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Buccal Sliding Palatal Pedicle Flap Technique for Wound Closure After Ridge Augmentation Buccal Sliding Palatal Pedicle Flap Technique for Wound Closure After Ridge Augmentation

Author(s):

Snježana Pohl, MD, DMD;Maurice Salama, DMD;Pantelis Petrakakis, DDS, DPH

Date Added:

9/17/2020


Summary:

One standard approach for wound closure after ridge augmentation is coronal flap advancement. Coronal flap advancement results in displacement of the mucogingival junction and reduction of the vestibulum. In the maxilla, a buccal sliding palatal flap can be applied for primary wound closure after ridge augmentation. The dissected part of the palatal connective tissue is left exposed, thus eliminating or reducing the amount of the coronal flap advancement respectively and increasing the amount of keratinized gingiva. In combination with guided soft tissue augmentation, this flap design enables a three-dimensional peri-implant soft tissue augmentation.

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