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Volume 27 , Issue 2
March/April 2007

Pages 133-139

An Alternative Technique to the Harvesting of a Connective Tissue Graft from a Thin Palate: Enhanced Wound Healing

Alvaro Francisco Bosco, DDS, PhD / Joseane Maria Dias Bosco, DDS, MS

PMID: 17514885
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0734

This article describes an alternative surgical approach to the harvesting of subepithelial connective tissue grafts from thin palates. A partial-thickness flap is raised, and a graft composed of epithelium and connective tissue is removed from the palate. The superficial layer (epithelium and a thin zone of connective tissue) is then dissected from the graft and replaced at the donor site to facilitate faster healing. The subjacent layer of connective tissue is placed as needed to obtain root coverage. The clinical application of this technique is described in two patients with multiple gingival recessions. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2007;27:133139.)

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