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Peri-implant soft tissue level secondary to a connective tissue graft in conjunction with immediate implant placement: a 2-year follow-up report of 11 consecutive cases

Young-Moo Lee, Do-Young Kim, Jin Y Kim, Su-Hwan Kim, Ki-Tae Koo, Tae-Il Kim, Yang-Jo Seol
International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry 2012, 32 (2): 213-22
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The purpose of this case series was to evaluate secondary soft tissue level changes of a single-stage surgical protocol combining immediate implant placement and connective tissue grafting in maxillary incisors associated with gingival recession defects. Ten patients underwent the proposed combined treatment consisting of 11 single-tooth implant restorations. Peri-implant soft tissue level and the width of keratinized gingiva were evaluated at baseline, the time of implant restoration connection, and 2 years postrestoration. All parameters used to assess esthetic outcomes showed improvements. The proposed clinical procedure can be considered an alternative approach to achieving an ideal esthetic anterior restoration.

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