Serhat Aslan, DDS, PhD is a graduate of Ege University, School of Dentistry, where he received his DDS degree. He attended the Periodontology Program of Graduate Study offered by the Institute of Health Sciences at Ege University and graduated with PhD degree in Periodontics. He maintains a private practice limited to periodontics, fixed prosthodontics, and implants, focusing on microsurgery, tissue regeneration, and minimally invasive surgery.
Currently, he is the board member of the Turkish Society of Periodontology. Dr. Aslan is intensely involved in mono/multi-centre clinical research and development in periodontology, with special emphasis to plastic-periodontal surgery, guided bone/tissue regeneration and esthetic implant therapy.
Current potential of reconstructive periodontal surgery: established concepts and new ideas
Nowadays, in the era of aesthetics, any treatment must be performed meticulously to maintain a natural tooth or provide a successful replacement. Recent developments in the field of regeneration have enabled clinicians to perform minimally invasive, patient-friendly approaches. Tooth retention procedures involving regenerative periodontal surgeries have been well documented over the last 20 years. Innovative techniques and sophisticated flap designs have improved clinical outcomes and decreased patient morbidity. The success of periodontal regeneration is highly correlated with wound stability in the early and late phases. Biomaterial exposure or healing by secondary intention may lead to bacterial contamination in the surgical area and impair the outcomes of periodontal regeneration, particularly in the interproximal site. To date, different surgical procedures have been proposed to preserve the interdental papilla during the early and late phases of wound healing to prevent contamination of the regenerating area and eventual wound failure. However, published findings do not report 100% primary closure over the defect-associated papilla during the wound healing process. An ideal flap design may overcome this particular issue and preserve the original anatomy of the entire interdental soft tissues. This presentation is aimed to introduce a novel tunnel-like surgical technique explicitly designed to maintain the integrity of the defect-associated interdental papilla, thereby providing an optimal environment for wound healing in the regenerative periodontal approaches.