implant site development: setting the tone
Alveolar ridge augmentation procedures are widely performed nowadays to allow implant placement in severely resorbed alveolar ridges. Many surgical techniques have the goal of reconstructing the alveolar ridge. To guarantee successful outcome of the augmentation, tension free wound closure preserving the vascularity of the overlying soft tissue is crucial. Unfortunately, severe alveolar ridge resorption is usually accompanied by limited soft tissue which in turn affects the primary wound closure after the bone augmentation. Thus, improvement of the quantity and quality of soft tissue overlying bone grafts must be taken into consideration.
The lecture will highlight different modalities introduced for hard and soft tissue enhancement before implant procedures.