Use of Integra in oral reconstruction: a case series

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Abstract

Objective.

Small intraoral defects are usually reconstructed using skin autografts. However, the goal of this research was to describe an alternative to classic techniques using artificial dermis (Integra) in the reconstruction of these types of injuries.

Materials and Methods.

Four patients with small intraoral lesions in different locations underwent resection. The created defects were covered with a bilayer of Integra; then, a chlorhexidine stent cure (Laboratorios Salvat, Barcelona, Spain) was applied. The patients were followed up daily during the first week to detect any signs of infection, dehiscence, or loss of the lamina. Thereafter, they were followed up once a week for 1 month.

Results.

None of the patients presented with infections or loss of the dermis. When the silicon sheet was detached, granulation tissue was detected, with complete re-epithelialization of the lesion in the postoperative weeks 3 to 4.

Conclusions.

The use of the Integra allowed for the rapid reconstruction of slight intraoral defects while preventing the morbidity associated with classic techniques. In this study, no complications were observed.

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