Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2015, vol. 21, issue 3
Subject Area: Dental Medicine - Periodontology
Pages: 823-825
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2015213.823
Published online: 30 July 2015

J of IMAB 2015 Jul-Sep;21(3):823-825
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH IN THE TREATMENT OF A GINGIVAL CLEFT ASSOCIATED WITH LABIAL FRENULUM. A 3-YEAR FOLLOW-UP. (Case Report).
Kamen Kotsilkov1Corresponding Autor, Teodora Nedialkova2.
1) Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Sofia.
2) Post graduate student -Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

ABSTRACT:
INTRODUCTION: The term Gingival cleft refers to a fissure in the gingival tissues and is usually caused by traumatic oral hygiene, abnormal frenula, trauma from occlusion, orthodontic, or pierce related trauma. Gingival clefts are classified depending on the extent of the inclusion of the gingival thickness into red and white.              
The recommended treatment approach for the incomplete white clefts is the gingivectomy of the affected keratinized tissue followed by a coronally advanced flap for the root coveradge, while the complete white clefts are treated with a laterally moved, coronally advanced flap, or a free gingival graft procedure.
OBJECTIVE: This report presents a case with a spontaneous healing of an incomplete gingival cleft associated with a maxillary labial frenulum after an alternative frenuloectomy approach.
METHODS: M.G. (45) with a localized chronic periodontitis, an abnormal papillary maxillary frenulum and an incomplete white cleft on the marginal gingiva of the left central incisor. An alternative frenuloectomy approach combined with a free gingival graft was selected for the correction of the abnormal frenulum.
RESULTS:On the sixth month after the surgical procedure an almost complete recovery of the gingival margin was observed.The result at the third year demonstrates a stable gingival margin with a complete tissue recovery.
CONCLUSION: The applied combined surgical approach led to a complete gingival recovery of the incomplete white gingival cleft without the commonly used gingivectomy and CAF. Further research is recommended to clarify the adjunctive benefits of the FGG in patients with gingival clefts associated with abnormal frenula.

Key words: labial frenulum, gingival cleft, gingival recovery,

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Kotsilkov K, Nedialkova T. ALTERNATIVE APPROACH IN THE TREATMENT OF A GINGIVAL CLEFT ASSOCIATED WITH LABIAL FRENULUM. A 3-YEAR FOLLOW-UP. (Case Report). J of IMAB. 2015 Jul-Sep;21(3):823-825. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5272/jimab.2015213.823

Correspondence to: Kamen Kotsilkov, Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Medicine; 1, Georgi Sofiiski str., Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail: kamenkotsilkov@gmail.com

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Received: 17 May 2015
Published online: 30 July 2015

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