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Posted at Oct 28, 2013 by JG

Dimensional changes in soft tissues around dental implants following free gingival grafting: an experimental study in dogs » onlinelibrary.wiley.com

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Similar bony crest resorption and coronal extension of osseointegration were found at test and control sites. Moreover, similar dimensions of the peri-implant soft tissues were obtained at test and control sites. The increase in the alveolar mucosal thickness by means of a gingival graft affected the peri-implant marginal bone resorption and soft tissue recession around implants. This resulted in outcomes that were similar to those at implants surrounded by masticatory mucosa, indicating that gingival grafting in the absence of keratinized mucosa around implants may reduce the resorption of the marginal crest and soft tissue recession.

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley....doi/10.1111/clr.12280/abstract

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