In patients with reconstructed jaws, implant-supported overdentures improve quality of life and mastication, although the peri-implant tissues differ from those of unreconstructed jaws. This lecture outlines these differences and presents the techniques used to provide adequate peri-implant soft tissue in reconstructed jaws: split thickness skin grafts, palatal mucosal grafts, pedicled palatal connective tissue grafts and denture-guided epithelial regeneration.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
- explain the rationale for implant-supported rehabilitation in reconstructed jaws
- discuss problems associated with soft tissue in reconstructed jaws
- classify peri-implant soft tissues in reconstructed jaws
- explain the management of peri-implant soft tissues in reconstructed jaws