Remove tacks when placing implants?

After 33 years of placing implants, I have a simple question: Do you remove GBR/membrane tacks that are not loose or not easily accessed when placing implants? I have been taught by several speakers to leave the tacks and not raise the FTF [Full Thickness Flap] any more than necessary.  In your practices, what do you do? What do you believe and why?



One thought on “Remove tacks when placing implants?

  1. Dorian Hatchuel says:

    I don’t “dig” for them.
    Nice question.
    If they are near crest of bone or head of implant remove.
    If very thin biotype, and not near crest, can remove through gingiva without raising a flap if the protuberance disturbs the patient.

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