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Esthetic Grafting for Small Volume Hard and Soft Tissue Contour Defects for Implant Site Development

Le, Bach DDS, MD*; Burstein, Jeffrey DDS, MD

doi: 10.1097/ID.0b013e318174db99
Clinical Science and Techniques
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Ridge contour defects around dental implants are caused by underlying bony defects. Although adequate bone may exist to obtain stability of the implant, irregular bony anatomy can result in an unnatural appearance of the final crown. Particulate onlay grafting to support the peri-implant soft tissue along with tension-free closure while using pedicle papilla regeneration techniques can convert unaesthetic gingival contours into favorable sites.

*Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, USC School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA.

†Chief Resident, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, USC School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA.

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Bach Le, DDS, MD; Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; USC School of Dentistry/LA County Medical Center; OPD 1P51, 2010 Zonal Avenue; Los Angeles, CA 90089; Phone: (323) 226-5013; Fax: 323-226-5241; E-mail: burstein@usc.edu or leb97201@yahoo.com

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