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Roll Technique Modification: Papilla Preservation

Giordano, Francesco DDS*; Langone, Graziano DDS; Di Paola, Dario DDS; Alfieri, Guiseppe DDS§; Cioffi, Andrea DDS; Sammartino, Gilberto MD

doi: 10.1097/ID.0b013e3182181771
Clinical Science and Techniques
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The aim of this article was to describe an Abrams technique's modification. Abrams' roll flap, performed at the implant second surgical stage, allows for the correction of small horizontal defects by enhancing the buccal soft tissue thickness and improves the buccal soft tissue profile. This modification preserves the papilla's morphology, reduces postsurgical discomfort, and enhances soft tissue healing and aesthetic results.

*Private Practice in Sala Consilina, Salerno, Italy.

†Private Practice in Satriano di Lucania, Potenza, Italy.

‡Private Practice in Syracuse, Italy.

§Postgraduate Student, Postgraduate Program of Oral Surgery, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

∥Specialist in Oral Surgery, PhD Student, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

¶Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Professor and Chairman of the Postgraduate Program of Oral Surgery, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences, Section of Oral Surgery, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

Reprint requests and correspondence to: Gilberto Sammartino, MD, Via Pansini, 5 80131 Naples, Italy, Phone/Fax: +390817462118, E-mail: gilberto. sammartino@unina.it

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