The use of mucoderm® in peri-implant soft tissue augmentation procedures and alveolar ridge reconstruction in the aesthetic zone

Speaker: Piero Papi

Originally broadcasted on: 5th November, 2018, 6:00 PM CET Other time zones

In this webinar, the use of mucoderm® in peri-implant augmentation will be discussed, highlighting its properties and advantages in the aesthetic zone.


Dimensional and structural alterations of the alveolar process are well-documented consequences of tooth extraction in the aesthetic zone, with several factors influencing bone modelling, such as flapless extractions, ridge preservation techniques and immediate implant placement.

Over the years, several authors  have investigated bone resorption pattern in maxillary incisors and premolars, concluding that a facial bone wall thickness of 1 mm or less was the main factor affecting the degree of bone alterations.

Furthermore, soft tissue alterations may follow tooth extraction, in particular loss of keratinized mucosa width (KMW), with a significant impact on the aesthetic and functional outcomes of future implant-supported restorations. The optimal timing for implant placement and the necessity of alveolar ridge preservation procedures are still debated in literature. A simultaneous or subsequent connective tissue graft (CTG) may be needed in order to prevent/treat mucosal recession.

Over the years, several bone substitutes have been utilized for GBR procedures and, recently, a porcine derived acellular dermal matrix (mucoderm®) has been proposed as autogenous graft substitute in order to avoid palatal harvesting and obtain comparable results to CTGs, with excellent dimensional stability and aesthetic results.


Piero Papi
Piero PapiDr. Piero Papi is currently enrolled as Research Fellow at the Oral Surgery Unit of the Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Sciences, at “Sapienza” University of Rome, where he is also a Teaching Assistant of Implantology at the Dentistry Degree course and a Lecturer at the Master Degree course in Oral Implantology. He is completing his PhD focusing on bone and tissue regeneration, under the supervision of Prof. G. Pompa. Visiting Scholar in 2016 at the University Complutense of Madrid, under the supervision of Prof. G. Pradies. Winner of the ITI Research Large Grant and of several international and national research awards in the field of oral implantology, his research areas include mainly peri-implantitis and peri-implant hard and soft tissues augmentation procedures. He is the author of more than 45 publications and proceedings in scientific journals and international congresses. Reviewer and Editorial Board member for several journals, he is an EAO and ITI member.

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