Today, implant placement is a frequent treatment procedure following tooth extraction. The success of implant therapy however depends on several factors: treatment planning, surgical technique and management of hard and soft tissues.
Peri-implant soft tissue reconstruction/ thickening is a method used to restore lost soft tissue volumes caused by i.e. infection/ diseases, traumatic events, surgical procedures and more. To improve or restore the original soft tissue condition, autologous connective tissue grafts (gold standard) are mostly applied but soft tissue substitutes, such as mucoderm® are nowadays valid alternatives to treat soft tissue defects either alone or in combination with bone grafting materials. Promising is also the combination with enamel-matrix derivative (Emdogain®) to improve wound healing following soft tissue reconstruction/thickening.