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Volume 19 , Issue 1
January/February 1999

Pages 93-101

Esthetic Restoration of a Single-Tooth Dental Implant Using a Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft: A Case Report with 3-Year Follow-up


PMID: 10379290
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0303

This case report describes the use of a subepithelial connective tissue graft to restore the gingival papillae and augment ridge soft tissues adjacent to a dental implant. The patient was referred for periodontic and prosthodontic evaluation after the placement of an implant--with the implant head 6.5 mm below the adjacent cementoenamel junction--in an area of inadequate bone volume with deficient interproximal papillae and ridge soft tissues. The resulting esthetic defect was restored by means of a combined technique that used a subepithelial connective tissue graft and an emergence profile-contoured crown. A 3-year clinical follow-up with complete regeneration of the gingival papillae is described.

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