A Revised Technique for Stage-Two Surgery in the Severely Resorbed Mandible: A Technical Note
Jean-Pierre Arnoux, DDS, Alexandros Papasotiriou, DDS, Arnold S. Weisgold, DDS, FACD.
A revised stage-two technique, suitable for the severely resorbed mandible, is described. The objective is to eliminate mucosal mobility around the peri-implant area. This is achieved by means of a technique that limits the detachment of the lingual flap, augments the band of attached masticatory mucosa with a free gingival graft, deepens the vestibule, and prevents the reattachment of the muscles by means of a postsurgical stent. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1998;13:565–568) Key words: attached masticatory mucosa, free gingival graft, implants, muscle pull, postsurgical stent, severely resorbed mandible, stage-two surgery, vestibule