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International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry  (English Edition)



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Int J Esthet Dent 7 (2012), No. 2     22. May 2012
Int J Esthet Dent 7 (2012), No. 2  (22.05.2012)

Page 120-128, PubMed:22645727

Root Coverage With a Modified Lateral Sliding Flap - A Case Series
Fischer, Kai R. / Alaa, Khadiri / Schlagenhauf, Ulrich / Fickl, Stefan
The necessity of surgical root coverage is often encountered in daily clinical practice, mainly because of esthetic reasons. Despite the variety of available surgical techniques, delicate clinical scenarios may require refined surgical therapy approaches. The presented double sliding flap technique is designed to meet the special requirements encountered in the often-fragile incisal mandibular area. This surgical approach combines two laterally repositioned flaps with the dissection of the frenulum, to cover two deep neighboring recessions in the area of the central incisors. Providing that correct indication and adequate surgical tissue handling are used, this complex and advanced technique may have the potential to achieve complete longterm root coverage and an esthetically satisfying treatment outcome.