One of the most challenging aspects of dental alveolar ridge augmentation surgery is achieving proper wound closure and uneventful healing. To date, most of the open flap approaches have been fraught with complications. Many of these complications can be eliminated if the soft tissue incision is placed away from the surgical site. This paper describes the clinical application of a remote incision in various ridge augmentation surgeries as developed by Dr Hilt Tatum. It is part of the concept of natural implant restoration in stable alveolar bone that Dr Tatum introduced in the early 1970s.

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