It is understood that the role of soft tissue in implant therapy cannot be overlooked. Positive phenotypic architecture is an absolute must for long term stability for function and esthetics. Incorporating the use of biologics will also enhance soft tissue procedures allowing for a more comfortable and predictable outcome. The biology and rationale for soft tissue enhancement procedures will be reviewed. The purpose of the free gingival graft and sub-epithelial connective tissue graft will be discussed and demonstrated. These techniques will allow the clinician to enhance their surgical skills for the FGG, CTG, and suturing tips.
Understand and identify the role of soft tissue enhancement in implant therapy
Apply hands on techniques for various soft tissue procedures including the free gingival graft, and the connective tissue graft.
Define grafting protocols including the use of biologics for soft tissue enhancement techniques.