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J Korean Acad Periodontol. 2008 Jun;38(2):207-214. Korean. Case Report.
Kim YS .
Department of Periodontology, Dental Hospital in Sanbon, Wonkwang University, Korea.

PURPOSE: The aim of augmentation of the alveolar ridge is to restore absorbed alveolar ridges for future implant site or esthetic prosthodontic restoration. The present clinical report describes the anterior maxillary augmentation cases using a soft tissue rotated palatal flap, and considers various problems of before and after surgery. Method: First & second patients were treated by vascularized interpositional periosteal-connective tissue(VIP-CT) flap for horizontal soft tissue augmentation. Especially second patient was progressed with bone grafting at the same time. Third patient was treated by the same flap with bone graft and implant placement in single tooth missing premaxillary area. RESULT: The obtained horizontal augmentation width measured 0.5~2.7 mm. CONCLUSION: This technique constitutes a viable approach for augmentation the anterior sector of alveolar ridge with the placement of dental implants. But it needs correct diagnosis preparation and careful surgery skill.

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