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Volume 35 , Issue 6
November/December 2015

Pages 785–792

Wound Healing of the Laterally Positioned Flap: A Histomorphometric Assessment

Leandro Chambrone, DDS, MSc, PhD/Luiz Armando Chambrone, DDS, MSc, PhD/Dimitris N. Tatakis, DDS, PhD/Joćo Adolfo Costa Hanemann, DDS, MSc, PhD/Jamil Awad Shibli, DDS, MSc, PhD/Myron Nevins, DDS

PMID: 26509981
DOI: 10.11607/prd.2491

The aim of this study was to histomorphometrically assess the soft tissue anatomy in single gingival recessions (GR) treated with a laterally positioned flap (LPF). Five patients presenting maxillary first molars with GR to the apex of the buccal surface of the mesial-buccal root were invited to take part. The LPF-treated roots were removed en bloc (the root and the soft tissue covering the treated GR) 3 to 4 months postoperatively. Photomicrographs of Mallory trichrome stain sections were taken to allow reassessment of the specimens regarding the longitudinal dimensions of the crevicular/sulcular and junctional epithelia. The use of LPF resulted in new attachment with formation of crevicular epithelium, long junctional epithelium, and some connective tissue, re-establishing the normal anatomical characteristics of the soft tissues covering the previously exposed root.

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