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Soft Tissue Management for Bone Augmentation

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Marius Steigmann, DDS, PhD

  • Recipient, "Semmelweiss," Budapest University Dental School Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Founder and Scientific chairman, "Update Implantology Heidelberg" 2002-2012
  • Private practice, Neckargemund, Germany

Over time, bone augmentation has moved from highly specialized clinics into the dental office. With the help of modern grafting material
the augmentation volume in the dental office has increased year by year. However, the main issue remains soft tissue closure for high volume augmentation, especially in the posterior mandible and posterior maxilla. We developed special flap designs and suturing techniques specific to location to solve this ongoing soft tissue management problem. The participants will learn and how to solve this soft tissue closure problem according to location.


Different tissue biotypes react different to surgical trauma. For this reason we have adjusted the surgical approach to the biotype (tissue thickness) specific to each patient and location in the oral cavity. The tissue thickness dictates the way it is manipulated for high volume augmentation. Thick biotype can be managed in a classical manner. On the other hand, thin biotype needs new surgical approaches with specific instruments.

Learning Objectives:

At completion of the is presentation, participants should be able to: 

  1. Understand scar formasion
  2. Perform flaps for surgery
  3. Suture against tension

AGD Subject Code: 695


Topics: Marius Steigmann, Soft Tissue, Bone Augmentation, suture, scar famasion