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Soft Tissue Grafting with Allografts and Xenografts

Soft tissue grafting techniques have become less invasive with the development of the tunnel technique and use of allograft and xenograft alternatives to palatal tissue. These advances have resulted in improved wound stability, reduced surgical risks and enhanced esthetics.
This lecture will present results using both an allograft and a recently approved porcine regenerative tissue matrix for treatment of multiple tooth recession sites in both the maxillary and mandibular arches.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the tunnel technique can be used in sites with minimal keratinized tissue, aberrant frenal attachment, and shallow vestibule.
  • Compare and contrast the fate of various allografts and xenografts.
  • Describe why gain of keratinized tissue is not an appropriate outcome parameter for grafting with the tunnel technique.