Third molar removal: flap design and periodontal outcomes


8 small RCTs were identified for this review of the effect of flap design on periodontal outcomes following third molar removal. The available evidence did not favour any particular flap design.

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Study suggests short-term benefit for flapless placement of implants

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While flapless placement of dental implants is considered to have advantages over flap based procedures there are potential disadvantages in the ability to visualise anatomic structures, contour bone and readily irrigate to prevent osseous damage.  The aim of this study was to compare the placement of flapped vs. flapless dental implants utilizing clinical, radiographic, microbiological, [read the full story…]

Limited weak evidence suggesting that flapless dental implant placement is feasible

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Dental implants are usually placed after raising a flap to visualise the bone where they are to be placed. Several flap designs have been proposed but in some instances, they can also be placed flapless reducing patient discomfort.     The aim of this Cochrane review was to evaluate whether:- flapless procedures are beneficial for [read the full story…]