Comparison of morbidity at the donor site and clinical efficacy at the recipient site between two different connective tissue graft harvesting techniques from the palate: A randomized clinical trial

J Adv Periodontol Implant Dent. 2023 Sep 12;15(2):108-116. doi: 10.34172/japid.2023.016. eCollection 2023.


Background: This study was conducted to compare the pain levels in patients and the clinical efficacy of grafts obtained using two techniques, namely de-epithelialized gingival graft (DGG) and subepithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG), in combination with coronally advanced flap (CAF) for the treatment of multiple adjacent gingival recessions.

Methods: Twelve patients were treated using DGG+CAF on one side and SCTG+CAF on the other. The patients' pain levels at the surgical site, the number of analgesics taken on days 3 and 7, the mean root coverage (MRC), the percentage of complete root coverage (CRC), color match, and gingival thickness (GT) at the graft recipient site were evaluated 6 months after surgery.

Results: The total number of analgesics taken during the 7-day period after surgery and pain levels at the surgical site from day 3 to day 7 were significantly higher in the DGG+CAF group compared to the SCTG+CAF group (P=0.001). In the 6-month follow-up, color match and CRC were significantly higher in the SCTG+CAF group, while GT was significantly higher in the DGG+CAF group. There was no significant difference in MRC between the two groups.

Conclusion: The pain and analgesic consumption levels were higher in the DGG+CAF group compared to the SCTG+CAF group, and the recipient site had a weaker color match. However, this technique can lead to a greater increase in the thickness of the grafted area.

Keywords: Clinical efficacy; De-epithelialized gingival graft; Split-mouth; Subepithelial connective tissue graft; Trap door; Ultrasonography.