Gain of keratinised tissue around implants

What is Keratinized Tissue

Keratinized tissue, also known as keratinized mucosa, refers to the band of tissue surrounding teeth. The keratinized tissue in the mouth holds teeth in place and protects the roots.

The word “keratinized” is used to describe cells that produce large amounts of a protein called keratin, making them strong and better at forming barriers.

How does Keratinized Tissue impact Dental Implants?

If a patient needs a dental implant, the keratinized tissue supports the replacement tooth. The amount of keratinized tissue the patient has might play a critical role in the implant’s appearance, placement, and ability to keep the implant clean.

Dentists often disagree on the precise amount of tissue required for a dental implant. Several studies have reported higher risk of peri-implant inflammation and loss of soft and hard tissue in areas around implants with less than 2 mm of keratinized tissue. Two mm wide band of keratinized tissue has been considered clinically desirable to provide a soft tissue seal around teeth and implants.

Soft Tissue Grafting 

Clinicians use different surgical techniques to increase the width of keratinized tissue around implants. Each of these techniques have advantages and limitations. Understanding these techniques would help the clinician to decide which one to use in specific circumstances. Preoperative assessment of the amount of keratinized tissue is an important step before dental implant placement.

Master Soft Tissue Grafting techniques from Dr Puria Parvini

24-25th February 2023, London

Learn in-depth and practice step-by-step the latest Soft Tissue Grafting Techniques to improve and maintain aesthetics & longevity. Learn how to gain optimal tissue thickness and how to increase the amount of keratinised tissue around implants. 

This two-day hands-on masterclass will focus on both theoretical and practical aspects of Soft Tissue Management. 

Soft tissue course with Dr. Parvini

About the Speaker


Oral Surgeon, M.Sc. in Periodontology, M.Sc. in Implantology – German Association of Periodontology (DGParo)

Deputy Director, Clinical Lecturer & Supervisor at the Department of Oral Surgery & Implantology at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany

What will you learn?

  • Understand indications for soft tissue grafting around dental implants
  • Learn various incisions and flap designs
  • Get a better understanding of graft harvesting and management of the recipient and donor sites
  • Familiarise yourself with different soft tissue grafting techniques. Connective tissue graft (CTG), Free gingival graft (FGG), Pinhole Technique, Gum drop Technique, Zucchelli Technique, Vista Technique, Tunnelling Technique
  • Learn complication prevention and complication management 
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