The latest issue of the EFP magazine Perio Insight features a lively debate between two experts on the question of which technique to use to treat multiple adjacent gingival recessions.
Introducing the debate, Lior Shapira, deputy chair of the EFP scientific affairs committee, highlights the importance of aesthetic concerns and how gingival recessions are a common problem faced by periodontists.
He explains how two techniques have been developed to tackle the problem of multiple adjacent gingival recessions: the coronally advanced flap (with or without connective tissue graft) and the tunnelling procedure.
Massimo de Sanctis outlines the case for the flap technique, arguing that “this technique has yielded optimal results in both class 1 and class 2 Miller recession defects” and that it is “a very effective approach to solving aesthetic problems when multiple recessions are present.”
Ion Zabalegui puts forward the argument for the tunnelling technique, which he says is the “treatment of choice in the absence of keratinised tissue, when low morbidity is expected, and when patients need public exposure soon after surgery.” However, he concludes that “professionals should be well trained in both procedures” and choose one or the other depending on individual situations.
Perio Insight 6 also includes a report on the science behind the two projects the EFP has recently launched with its partners: Oral Health & Pregnancy (with Oral-B) and Perio & Caries (with Colgate).
Finally, there are two pages of summaries of research published recently in the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the sector’s leading scientific journal which has an impact factor of 3.477.
Perio Insight is an EFP quarterly publication that focuses on key issues in periodontal science and clinical practice, featuring debates, expert views, and analysis. It is edited by Joanna Kamma, for the EFP communications committee, with the chair and deputy chair of the scientific affairs committee – Phoebus Madianos and Lior Shapira – acting as advisers.