Surgical precision and the use of biomaterials from autogenous, allogeneic and xenogeneic sources can promote hard- and soft-tissue growth and provide predictable outcomes. Recent clinical data underline the importance of a sufficient mucosal thickness to provide healthy peri-implant tissues and favorable esthetics. A newly developed volume-stable collagen matrix provides similar outcomes with respect to soft-tissue volume but is associated with less morbidity and complications than autogenous grafts, thereby offering significant benefits for patients and clinicians.
This lecture will describe clinical techniques and challenges to rebuilding an implant site and feature biomaterials that support wound-healing and new hard- and soft-tissue formation. The importance of sufficient soft-tissue will be highlighted. Aligning the correct procedure and biomaterials to the appropriate case selection and restorative option is vital to ensure a stable and esthetic result.