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Special Issues
June 2014
Volume 35, Issue 1

Dear Reader

The patient’s appearance now embodies an undeniable, inseparable aspect of modern clinical practice. This requires oral healthcare practitioners to not look at just the tooth or the mouth but rather consider the entire patient—what are the patient’s expectations and desires? Success of the procedure can hinge on the answers to these questions.

For today’s patient, one of the most common esthetic concerns is gingival recession. Efficacious outcomes in this situation are the sum of many fundamentals—technique, skill, materials, and experience. In this supplement to Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, supported by Geistlich Pharma North America, Dr. Michael K. McGuire explains the latest research and details the questions practitioners should be asking as they assess the evidence and consider the challenges of treatment for gingival recession. Dr. McGuire presents a thought-provoking discussion as he weighs the evidence on alternatives for autogenous grafts.

I would like to thank our sponsor for bringing you this educational opportunity and hope that you will adapt some of these offerings for your own clinical practice. I welcome your feedback. Please contact me at

Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD

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