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Volume 32 , Issue 2
April 2012

Pages 187-193


Minimally Invasive Technique for Gingival Augmentation Around Dental Implants

Carlo Tinti, MD, DDS, MScD/Stefano Parma-Benfenati, MD, DDS, MScD


PMID: 22292148
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.1057

This article describes a soft tissue surgical modification—the trap door technique—used to enhance contemporary patient esthetic expectations and preserve periodontal health longitudinally. This surgical modification is greatly indicated for single-stage single and multiple implant surgery to preserve the integrity of the papillae and eliminate buccal soft tissue concavity. This procedure also addresses the issue of interproximal papillary development to obviate the presence of a black triangle. The technique is very effective in cases of minimal interproximal bone loss, it does not require autogenous bone harvesting, and is therefore less invasive and well accepted by the patient. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:187–193.)


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