Managing Soft Tissue Defects around Implants with Minimally Invasive Surgery

Soft tissue grafting has evolved from effective but invasive techniques to current minimally invasive, patient-friendly tunnel procedures. Now, these techniques can be applied to treat some soft tissue deficiencies at implant sites, avoiding more complex “start-over“ procedures. Surgical technique and indications for treatment will be illustrated with case examples.

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

  • Describe the indications for use of an allograft in the tunnel technique for soft tissue grafting at implant sites.
  • List the special pre-surgical and surgical considerations unique to soft tissue problems involving implants.
  • List the limitations of the tunnel technique at implant sites.