A Single-Incision Technique to Harvest Subepithelial Connective Tissue Grafts from the Palate
Markus B. Hürzeler, DDS, Dr Med Dent, PhD/Dietmar Weng, DDS, Dr Med Dent
This article describes a new and simplified surgical approach to harvest subepithelial connective tissue grafts from the palate. For this procedure, only a single incision parallel to the gingival margin is used to access the donor site for graft preparation and harvesting. Grafts of variable size and thickness can be obtained. Since no band of epithelium is removed with the connective tissue graft the palatal donor site can heal with primary intention. No stents or hemostatic agents are necessary to cover the donor area postoperatively, and suturing can be reduced to a minimum. The harvesting technique is illustrated step by step, and the clinical application of connective tissue grafts harvested with the proposed method is demonstrated with the coverage of a gingival recession.