Evidence-based knowledge on the aesthetics and maintenance of peri-implant soft tissues: Osteology Foundation Consensus Report Part 1-Effects of soft

Giannobile WV1, Jung RE2, Schwarz F3,4; Groups of the 2nd Osteology Foundation Consensus Meeting

Clin Oral Implants Res. 2018 Mar;29 Suppl 15:7-10. doi: 10.1111/clr.13110.



The goal of Working Group 1 at the 2nd Consensus Meeting of the Osteology Foundation was to comprehensively assess the effects of soft tissue augmentation procedures on peri-implant health or disease.


A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of soft tissue augmentation procedures included a total of 10 studies (mucosal thickness: n = 6; keratinized tissue: n = 4). Consensus statements, clinical recommendations, and implications for future research were based on structured group discussions and a plenary session approval.


Soft tissue grafting to increase the width of keratinized tissue around implants was associated with greater reductions in gingival and plaque indices when compared to non-augmented sites. Statistically significant differences were noted for final marginal bone levels in favor of an apically positioned flap plus autogenous graft vs. all standard-of-care control treatments investigated. Soft tissue grafting (i.e., autogenous connective tissue) to increase the mucosal thickness around implants in the aesthetic zone was associated with significantly less marginal bone loss over time, but no significant changes in bleeding on probing, probing depths, or plaque scores when compared to sites without grafting.


The limited evidence available supports the use of soft tissue augmentation procedures to promote peri-implant health.

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017 Jun;46(6):774-781. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2017.02.1274. Epub 2017 Mar 11.

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