Coverage of multiple recessions using the tunnel technique and a collagen matrix in the maxilla or mandible: A 6 month study

M. Cieślik-Wegemund, V. Candotto, B. Wierucka-Młynarczyk, M. Tanasiewicz, Gilowski, M. Duda, D. Lauritano*, Z. Ormianer

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Multiple recession defects in the dentition of the patients are routinely encountered in clinical practice and as such present a challenge for clinicians. Periodontal plastic surgical procedures aim to restore both esthetics as function in periodontal tissues. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the clinical efficacy of using a tunnel technique with a collagen matrix to cover multiple recessions in the maxilla or mandible. Fourteen patients were enrolled in the study. Patients in the maxilla-group and mandible-group were treated with xenogeneic collagen matrix using the tunnel technique. Clinical recordings were obtained at baseline and after 3 and 6 months. The percentage of average recession coverage (ARC), the percentage rate of patients with complete coverage of all recessions (CRC-1) and the percentage rate of complete coverage of recession defects (CRC-2) were evaluated after 3 and 6 months after the surgery. Statistically significant differences were observed in every parameter except probing depth between the baseline values compared to the values 3 and 6 months after the procedure in both groups. The mean ARC 6 months after the procedure was 96.8% in the maxilla and 81.3% in the mandible. At 6 months after the procedure, a complete root coverage was obtained in 2 out of 9 patients and 31 out of 39 recessions (79%) in the maxilla and 0 out of 5 patients and 10 out of 20 recessions (50%) in the mandible. A collagen matrix combined with the tunnel technique led to a satisfactory ARC, CRC-2 and resulted in an unsatisfactory CRC-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Collagen matrix
  • Multiple recessions
  • Tunnel technique


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