Utilization of the surgical microscope for advanced plastic periodontal surgery

Pract Periodontics Aesthet Dent. 2000 Mar;12(2):171-80; quiz 182.


The increased demand for mucogingival aesthetics has required the optimization of periodontal procedures. Microsurgery is a minimally invasive technique that is performed with the surgical microscope and adapted instruments and suture materials. While this hardware and knowledge of various operations are necessary to achieve patient aesthetic expectations, clinicians must be willing to undergo an extended period of systematic training to become familiar with novel operating procedures and instruments. This article describes the application of the surgical microscope to provide enhanced perioplastic treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants
  • Equipment Design
  • Esthetics, Dental
  • Humans
  • Lenses
  • Lighting / instrumentation
  • Micromanipulation / instrumentation
  • Microscopy / instrumentation*
  • Microsurgery / instrumentation*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / instrumentation
  • Motor Skills
  • Periodontal Diseases / surgery*
  • Suture Techniques / instrumentation
  • Sutures
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing