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PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today
PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today 3 (2006), No. 2     15. June 2006
PERIO - Periodontal Practice Today 3 (2006), No. 2  (15.06.2006)

Page 139-152


Criteria for the Selection of Root Coverage Procedures. Part 1: Intention, Indication, Methods
Erpenstein, Heinz/Borchard, Raphael
A successful root coverage procedure requires a clearly defined intention. This is illustrated by a control circuit. This means that a controlled variable (therapy) remains directionless as long as the objective (treatment outcome) is not defined. Even though the diagnosis 'recession' is of major importance, it does not solely determine the medical necessity for a surgical intervention. There must be additional findings to ethically justify the surgical procedure. Therapy based on clinical findings is only possible when all evidence-based methods are mastered. The following review focuses on information on objectives, indications and procedures currently present in the literature.

Keywords: root coverage, coronally advanced flap, lateral sliding flap, envelope technique, subepithelial connective tissue graft, guided tissue regeneration, enamel matrix derivative, platelet-rich plasma