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CLINICAL REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 169-172

Improving oral hygiene by increasing the width of keratinized tissue around dental implants using free gingival graft: A case report and literature review


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, USA

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Jun-Beom Park
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, 1664 McIntyre Drive Ann Arbor MI 48105
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.49024

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The need for keratinized tissue around endosseous implants is a controversial topic. The rationale for augmenting the keratinized tissue includes making plaque control more effective, dissipating muscular and frenal pull and possibly preventing further recession. In this case report, free gingival graft was used to overcome the patient's discomfort. The increase of keratinized tissue improved the condition of the peri-implant marginal tissue. This procedure appears to show benefits for oral hygiene, even though certain amount of shrinkage is seen both horizontally and vertically.


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