Using a Dense PTFE Membrane Without Primary Closure to Achieve Bone and Tissue Regeneration

  • Barber H
  • Lignelli J
  • Smith B
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Abstract

The most common types of barrier membranes used for bone or tissue regeneration are made of expanded-polytetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE) or resorbable materials, such as collagen. Both the e-PTFE and resorbable membranes require primary soft tissue coverage. This article explores the use of a dense-polytetrafluoroethylene (d-PTFE) membrane, which does not require primary soft tissue coverage. The advantages of d-PTFE in contrast to the other more commonly used types of barrier membranes and the clinical significance of these advantages for implant surgical and restorative treatment are discussed. © 2007 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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Authors

  • H. Dexter Barber

  • John Lignelli

  • Brian M. Smith

  • Barry K. Bartee

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