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Periodontal plastic surgery procedures reduce localized gingival recession defects

David Kim DDS, DMSc .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Periodontal plastic surgery (PPS) procedures can be used to treat localized recession-type defects effectively.

Critical Summary Assessment

Evidence from 24 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) suggests that PPS procedures improve clinical parameters such as root coverage and gain in clinical attachment level and keratinized tissue width, but how patients perceive the effect of the treatment is not clear.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019