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The May issue of NoPlak News identified several different gingival grafting techniques.  This issue is about Connective Tissue Graft (CTG), a type of soft tissue graft that is indicated to correct gingival recession and cover exposed root surfaces.  The graft is obtained from the palate, but the tissue is removed from under epithelium, rather than the surface (free gingival graft).  Therefore, CTG is often referred to as a subepithelial graft.  In this method there is a minimal open wound on the palate which, therefore, is more comfortable and quicker-healing for the patient.

A connective tissue graft lacks the epithelium and therefore has increased healing properties and is especially useful in covering the exposed roots of teeth.  CTG is usually the first choice for covering the exposed roots of teeth.

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