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Volume 22 , Issue 1
January/February 2002

Pages 6369

The Ramp Mattress Suture: A New Suturing Technique Combined with a Surgical Procedure to Obtain Papillae Between Implants in the Buccal Area

Carlo Tinti, MD, DDS, Stefano Parma Benfenati, MD, DDS

PMID: 11922220
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0454

This article has been written to show the opportunity and eventually the predictability to obtain new papillae between implants and a better esthetic result by the use of a new suturing technique. After raising a full-thickness flap from the palatal to the vestibular side, it can be stabilized in such a position using a new suturing technique (ramp mattress suture) to apply pressure and tearing forces on the flap in an apicocoronal direction at the vestibular site and an opposite traction in a coronoapical direction at the palatal site. The ramp mattress suture seems to be capable of pulling the flap in an apicocoronal direction in the vestibular site, as well as in a coronoapical direction in the palatal site. Thanks to such a mattress suture, it will be possible to obtain a more coronal gingival margin. After an adequate healing period of approximately 5 weeks, a vestibular scalloped gingivectomy is performed around the vestibular surface of the abutment to create either a scalloped gingival margin or interproximal papillae only in the vestibular area, forming a gingival ramp in a palatovestibular direction to reasonably reduce the residual increased vestibular depth and optimize the esthetic result. Eight patients, for a total of 56 papillae, were treated with this new suturing technique. The esthetic results satisfied both clinician and patient expectations.(Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2002;22:6369.)

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