JICDRO is a UGC approved journal (Journal no. 63927)
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-77

Gingival augmentation procedure prior to fixed orthodontic treatment

1 Department of Periodontics, Vasantdada Patil Dental College and Hospital Kavalapur, Sangli, India
2 Department of Periodontology, Vasantdada Patil Dental College and Hospital Kavalapur, Sangli, India

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Surekha Bhedasgoankar
Department of Periodontics, Vasantdada Patil Dental College and Hospital Kavalapur, Sangli - 416 306
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.121870

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Patients seek orthodontic treatment for correction of malocclusion and aesthetic improvement. A strong correlation between labially placed teeth and gingival recession has been found. If such cases are left untreated with or without orthodontic therapy, it may lead to an increase in the severity of the disease. A similar case of a 21-year-old male patient with gingival recession in the mandibular anterior region is reported. The patient was successfully treated using a free gingival graft technique. This technique not only improves the aesthetic aspect but also avoids future attachment loss and thus makes the patient more stable for further orthodontic treatment. The aim behind the treatment of gingival recession is not only to cover the exposed root surface, but also to improve aesthetics and reduce dentinal hypersensitivity. Different soft tissue-grafting procedures have been proposed for the treatment of gingival recession, of which free gingival graft is the most reliable one. The purpose of this case report is to illustrate the importance of root coverage prior to orthodontic treatment and to describe the planning for successful treatment which will improve the overall periodontal status of the patient.

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