Duration: 8 minutes, 17 seconds

Author: Dr. Andre Saadoun

**Title: Treatment of Multiple Gingival Recessions using a Tunneling Approach with Alloderm and Emdogain** **Introduction** Gingival recessions, along with enamel and root surface abrasions, can cause discomfort, aesthetic concerns, and potential tooth sensitivity for patients. To address these issues, a comprehensive treatment approach is necessary. This article explores the use of a tunneling approach with Alloderm membrane and Emdogain in the treatment of multiple gingival recessions. We will delve into the step-by-step procedure, emphasizing the importance of careful technique and the benefits of this treatment method. **1. The Patient Profile: A 32-year-old with Multiple Gingival Recessions and Enamel/Root Surface Abrasion** – Understanding the patient’s condition and concerns. – Assessing the severity and extent of gingival recessions. – Identifying enamel and root surface abrasion. **2. Preparation and Cleaning of Affected Surfaces** – Thoroughly cleaning the affected areas. – Utilizing a small diamond barrel to remove epithelium. – Root planning to smoothen rough surfaces. **3. Incision Technique to Preserve Soft Tissue** – Performing circular incisions without hitting the peak of the papilla. – Preventing soft tissue perforation during incision. – Minimizing damage to the interdental papilla. **4. Raising a Full-Thickness Flap** – Carefully raising the flap, avoiding tissue tears. – Ensuring the peak of the papilla is not damaged. – Maintaining the peak between the proximal space. **5. Utilizing the Alloderm Membrane** – Introduction to Alloderm as a biocompatible material. – Inserting the Alloderm membrane into the created tunnel. – Securing the Alloderm membrane and submerging it inside the tunnel. **6. Suturing Techniques for Optimal Healing** – Importance of precise suturing to close the flap. – Using resorbable sutures for ease of healing. – Ensuring proper tension and adequate coverage. **7. The Role of Emdogain in Promoting Tissue Regeneration** – Understanding the regenerative properties of Emdogain. – Applying Emdogain to the treated area. – Facilitating the formation of new tissue and attachment. **8. Post-Operative Care and Follow-Up** – Detailed instructions for post-operative care. – Monitoring healing progress and tissue regeneration. – Importance of regular follow-up appointments. **Conclusion** The tunneling approach with Alloderm membrane and Emdogain has proven to be an effective method for the treatment of multiple gingival recessions. By addressing the root cause of the issue and promoting tissue regeneration, this approach offers patients improved aesthetics, reduced sensitivity, and enhanced oral health. Through careful technique and comprehensive post-operative care, successful outcomes can be achieved. **Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):** 1. How long does it take for the Alloderm membrane to integrate into the surrounding tissue? 2. Are there any potential risks or complications associated with the tunneling approach? 3. Can the tunneling approach be used for any degree of gingival recessions? 4. Is the use of Emdogain necessary in every case of multiple gingival recessions? 5. What can patients expect in terms of recovery and post-operative discomfort?

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