Acellular dermal matrix has been available for intraoral grafting procedures for more than 10 years. Randomized, controlled clinical trials have demonstrated that results equivalent to palatal connective tissue can be achieved with acellular dermal matrix in root coverage procedures. Use of acellular dermal matrix for treatment of soft tissue defects around teeth and implants will be shown in case presentations. Human histology and evidence from clinical trials will also be presented.
Edward P. Allen, DDS, PhD, serves as treasurer for the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. The recipient of numerous awards, he is the periodontal section editor for the Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and serves on the editorial boards of four journals. Dr Allen is the founder of the Center for Advanced Dental Education in Dallas. He has published more than 50 articles on esthetic surgery and has presented numerous lectures and surgical demonstrations worldwide.