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International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
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Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 36 (2016), No. 6     14. Oct. 2016
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 36 (2016), No. 6  (14.10.2016)

Page 858-867, doi:10.11607/prd.2278, PubMed:27740648


Coverage of Multiple Mandibular Gingival Recessions Using Tunnel Technique with Connective Tissue Graft: A Prospective Case Series
Thalmair, Tobias / Fickl, Stefan / Wachtel, Hannes
The aim of this clinical case series was to evaluate the clinical performance of the modified tunnel technique for treatment of multiple gingival recessions in the anterior mandible. A total of 20 patients with 63 Miller Class I and II defects were treated via a modified tunnel technique with subepithelial connective tissue graft. At baseline and 6 months postoperative, recession depth, probing pocket depth, width of keratinized tissue, and gingival tissue thickness were assessed. At 6 months, the results revealed a mean recession coverage of 93.87%. Complete recession coverage was achieved in 74.60%. The mean reduction of recession depth was 2.79 ± 0.12 mm. The modified tunnel technique showed successful mean root coverage in the delicate anterior mandible and was able to increase the amount of keratinized tissue.