Applying the Tunnel Technique to Soft Tissue Defects at implant Sites - Dr. Pat Allen
Time: 1:30 PM, February 25, 2023
Soft tissue grafting has evolved from effective but invasive techniques to current minimally invasive, patient-friendly tunnel procedures. Palatal donor tissue and vertical incisions are no longer necessary for root coverage grafting, resulting in not only a better postoperative course, but also greater root coverage and better esthetics. Now, similar techniques can be applied to treat some soft tissue deficiencies at implant sites, avoiding more complex “start-over procedures.” Surgical technique and indications for treatment will be illustrated with case examples.
- Describe how the tunnel technique can be used in sites with minimal keratinized tissue, aberrant frenal attachment, and shallow vestibule.
- Describe the indications for use of an allograft in the tunnel technique for soft tissue grafting at implant sites.
- List the special pre-surgical and surgical considerations unique to soft tissue problems involving implants.
- List the limitations of the tunnel technique at implant sites.