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Background and study aims
When gums (gingiva) recede, the roots of the teeth are exposed and the teeth can become loose. Gum recession can be treated by surgically moving (grafting) tissue from the mouth to cover the exposed part of the tooth root. There are several techniques of gingival grafting. This study aims to investigate a technique called apical access, which takes tissue from the roof of the mouth (palate).
Who can participate?
Adults who are otherwise healthy, who have gum recession of several adjacent teeth with the teeth becoming loose and who don't have gum disease or have gum disease that has been treated successfully.
What does the study involve?
Dental patients who have noticed discomfort when brushing their teeth, who have experienced progression of gum recession and who have difficulties in accessing the teeth to keep them clean will be offered apical access grafting. All participants in the study will receive the same treatment. Their teeth and gums will be examined and the recession measured before treatment and at 6 and 12 months after treatment.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The benefit of participating in the study is the reduction of their gingival recessions. Patients receive the same treatment if they do not participate in the study. There is no additional risk for participating in the study compared with receiving the surgery to correct their gum problems outside of the study.
Where is the study run from?
Periocentrum Bilbao (Spain)
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
January 2016 to December 2017
Who is funding the study?
Periocentrum Research (Spain)
Who is the main contact?
Dr. Alberto Ortiz-Vigón, email@example.com
Periapical tunnel access for mucogingival root coverage: a case series
Periapical tunnel access for mucogingival root coverage is associated with lower patient morbidity, adequate root coverage and keratinized tissue gain and a greater vestibulum depth gain
This study does not require ethics approval because it is a routine and habitual technique in those cases in which we have a reduced vestibulum depth associated with low keratinized tissue and gingival recessions
Observational descriptive case series
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Patient information sheet
No participant information sheet available.
Multiple gingival recessions type III or Cairo RT2 with a narrow keratinized tissue and a shallow vestibulum
Patient receive oral hygiene instructions for at least 2 months before surgery.
As a baseline measurement, a periodontal probe is used to record the length of recession, keratinized tissue and vestibular depth. Intraoral photographs and radiography are also taken.
All surgeries are performed by the same experienced periodontist (Alberto Ortiz-Vigon). An initial semilunar incision is made in the alveolar mucosa. The incision is extended one tooth on either side of the recessions. The flap is elevated with a periostotome to advance it coronally without tension. A connective tissue graft is harvested from the posterior palate by means of a single-incision technique and according to the mesio-distal length of the recessions. The donor site is sutured with a cross-mattress suture. This connective tissue graft is positioned under the flap and the flap is repositioned slightly coronal to the cement-enamel junction, with suspended sutures around the contact points. The apical area is sutured by means of sutures anchored to the periosteum.
Subjects receive detailed written and verbal post-operative instruction. Subjects are instructed to avoid mechanical disturbance of the surgical site for the first week. Oral hygiene instructions include 0.12% chlorhexidine mouth rinses after 24 h and no direct brushing of the surgical site for 4 weeks. No antibiotics are prescribed. An anti-inflammatory (Enantyum 25 mg every 8 h for 3-5 days) is prescribed to all subjects.
Subjects return to the clinic after 2, 4, 26 and 52 weeks. Sutures are removed 2 weeks postoperatively. Photographs will be taken after 2, 26 and 52 weeks. At 52 weeks clinical measurements are repeated with a periodontal probe.
Primary outcome measure
Recession reduction, assessed by the difference between cement enamel junction and gingival margin in baseline and 1 year follow-up. The recession is measured from the cemento- enamel junction (CEJ) to the most apical point of the gingival margin.
Secondary outcome measures
1. Complete root coverage measured at 6 months and 12 months after surgical procedure with a CP15 periodontal probe
2. Vestibular depth (the distance between the coronal margin of the attached gingiva and the greatest concavity of the mucobuccal fold below) measured at 6 months and 12 months after surgical procedure with a CP15 periodontal probe
3. Keratinized tissue increase (measuring one point in each tooth) measured at 6 months and 12 months after surgical procedure with a CP15 periodontal probe
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Reason abandoned (if study stopped)
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Presence of at least 2 adjacent recession class III
2. Periodontal pocket depth <5 mm
3. No bleeding on probing
4. Bone loss >2 mm
5. <2 mm keratinized tissue
6. No intra-bony defects >2 mm
7. Aged over 18 years
Target number of participants
Participant exclusion criteria
Recession class I or II
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Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
Alameda Urquijo Street n2 7ºfloor
Periocentrum Research Bilbao
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Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Planned publication in a high-impact peer-reviewed journal.
IPD sharing statement:
The data sharing plans for the current study are unknown and will be made available at a later date.
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Participant level data
To be made available at a later date
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