Correction of Buccal Fenestration Defects
Aesthetic Flap Design
Marius Steigmann, DDS
Flapless immediate implant surgery has been proposed as a means of reducing the surgical trauma to soft tissue and maintaining natural gingival anatomy. The aesthetic outcome in such cases may, however, be jeopardized when localized horizontal and vertical deficiencies occur. In order to correct such deficiencies, a novel flap design was developed that protected the soft tissue that had the most significant impact on the patient's appearance. This aesthetic buccal flap (ABF) was created coronally so that the supraosseous soft tissue remained undisturbed and allowed the use of guided bone regeneration techniques to correct the apical dehiscences. The likelihood of obtaining an optimal aesthetic result was, therefore, enhanced.
*Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University, Boston, massachusetts; private practice, Heidelberg, Germany
This video presents a method to correct apical dehiscences using an ABF. Upon completion of this video, the viewer should:
- Be aware of a clinical protocol that applies an ABF to correct buccal apical fenestration.
- Recognize the criteria for performing an ABF procedure.
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