Gum Drop Technique (GDT): Root coverage procedure using superior biological growth factors Bio- PRF:

The purpose of this course is to introduce a new biological approach involving superior blood derivatives Bio-PRF for root coverage, a less invasive technique with a faster healing, without having a donor site.

The Gum Drop Technique (GDT) is a modified VISTA technique using patients own blood to treat receding gums. Blood derivatives might be the solution for our patients with strong beliefs regarding the use of cadaver skin membranes or animal products as well as religious affiliations. Biomaterials and tissue engineered scaffolds are typically avascular by nature and the survival rate of the graft is directly correlated with blood supply which is the key component for regeneration. Angiogenesis induced by Bio-PRF leads to a better cellular function and contributes to wound healing. The large amount of growth factors from Bio-PRF together with periosteum and periodontal ligament osteopeogenitor cells stimulation will contribute to tissue repair and regeneration.

The procedure is performed using a small piercing instrument comparable with laparoscopic procedures in medical surgeries. The gums will advance " drop " towards your enamel where they belong.

The morbidity of Gum Drop Technique(GDT) is less and patient's case acceptance is higher comparative with the traditional grafts.

Learning Objectives:
• To understand the scientific- based research literature behind the procedure
• Learning the surgical steps utilizing videos and pictures during the lecture
• Case presentation and complications
• Horizontal centrifugation concept
• Clinical indications of Bio- PRF

  • CE Credit: 3
  • Audience:
Delia Tuttle

Delia Tuttle, DDS, MD

Dr. Tuttle is a dual trained dental professional who became and practiced as a physician before she fell in love with dentistry. Her passion for medicine led her towards the medical aspect of dentistry and she devoted herself to soft tissue engineering using patient, own blood derivatives. Dr. Tuttle owns a private practice in California. She graduated from UCLA, 2009 with Dean’ s Leadership award and since then she became an international and national speaker. She educates dentists and specialists on Gum Drop Technique, root coverage procedure using biological factors A-PRF and i- PRF. If that is not enough, Dr. Delia Tuttle developed an international movement empowering women in the dental field called Divas in Dentistry.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Implant Direct, Six Month Smiles