Contemporary clinicians have focused on the osseointegration of their implants together with their survival rates. But when we evaluate implant placement, esthetics becomes crucial to the success of the final restoration. The pursuing of an optimal soft tissue integration, with perfect pink esthetics may represent an obligation, and this is related to the patients' increasing demand of restorations that are as esthetic as they are functional. The preservation or the creation of an optimal soft tissue contour in order to reproduce the natural architecture of the gingival tissues is always a priority. During this workshop different surgical techniques will be showed, with the use of connective tissue graft as well as with the use of tridimensional collagen matrix, together with the description of a novel volume-stable cross-linked matrix, for soft tissue augmentation. Simultaneoulsy, techniques used to increase the width of keratinised mucosa will be decribed, both with the use of FGG or substitute biomaterials. But a proper soft tissue management, following the principles of periodontal plastic surgery, is always mandatory. Augmentation procedures are needed when the pre-existing bone height doesn’t allow for a correct space-related implant insertion, when a proper primary stability cannot be reached or when the prosthetic rehabilitation will provide an unfavorable crown/root ratio. Once hard tissue has been successfully augmented, an adequate soft tissue thickness becomes mandatory in order to create healthy and stable peri-implant tissues and to improve the final esthetic outcome.
DDS, Doctor in Dentistry and Certificate in Periodontology at the University of Torino, Italy. Active Member of Italian Society of Periodontology, European Federation of Periodontology, Italian Society of Osseointegration and Academy of Osseointegration. International Member of the American Academy of Periodontology. Scientific Director of PROED - Institute for Professional Education in Dentistry (Torino). Winner of the «Goldman Award» of the Italian Society of Periodontology and of the «National Award» of the Italian Society of Orthodontics. Member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and of American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Author of several articles published on peer-reviewed journals Editor of the textbook “Soft Tissues and Pink Esthetics in Implant Therapy” (Quintessence Publishing, 2019) and Chirurgia Parodontale Plastica E Rigenerativa (2021) he focused his interest on Periodontology, Implant Dentistry, Regenerative Therapy and Ortho-Perio Interdisciplinary treatment. Private practice in Torino.