Root coverage with Geistlich Fibro-Gide® and coronally advanced flap

Multiple recession coverage in the maxilla

Dr. Vinay Bhide · Canada
 · October 09, 2019

BioBrief- Soft Tissue Regeneration

The Situation

The patient is a healthy, 60-year-old female who presented to our clinic with a chief complaint of progressive gum recession which had led to compromised esthetics and sensitivity involving the maxillary left lateral incisor (#10), canine (#11), and first bicuspid (#12) teeth. The teeth in question had 3-4 mm of gingival recession on the buccal surface with a sufficient zone of keratinized gingiva. These teeth also had obvious cervical abrasion.


The Approach

Treatment goals for this case were to obtain complete root coverage, increase soft tissue thickness, and reduce/eliminate cervical sensitivity. A split-thickness envelope flap approach was used. Geistlich Fibro-Gide® was then trimmed, hydrated with saline, and placed over the exposed root surfaces. The flap was coronally advanced in a tension-free manner to completely cover the biomaterial and exposed root surfaces.


The Outcome

This case nicely shows that the result following root coverage surgery to treat multiple adjacent teeth using a volume-stable collagen matrix is comparable to that seen with autologous connective tissue. At 1.5 years, there is continued stability of the treated site (see image to left). The tissue appears healthy and firm. The patient‘s chief complaints of esthetics and sensitivity have been addressed and the patient is maintaining excellent oral hygiene and home care.


Keys to Success

  • Optimal case selection – patient factors, defect factors, and operator factors.
  • Root planing of exposed root surfaces to reduce prominences.
  • Careful flap design and split-thickness elevation.
  • Proper handling and placement of Geistlich Fibro-Gide®.
  • Tension-free coronal advancement of buccal flap to completely cover the biomaterial and root surfaces.
  • Meticulous suturing technique.

About the author

Dr. Vinay Bhide | Canada

Vinay Bhide, d.d.s., Msc.(Perio), FRCD(C) Aurora, OntarioPeriodontist
Dr. Vinay Bhide is a board certified Periodontist with a special interest in periodontal plastics and reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Bhide did his dental and specialty training at the University of Toronto. In addition to private practice, Dr. Bhide is a clinical instructor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Toronto. He is also a staff periodontist in the Center for Advanced Dental Care and Research at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.