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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-75

Root coverage with a free gingival autograft using a diode laser

Department of Periodontics, Mahatma Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Indira Nagar, Gorimedu, Pondicherry, India

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S Agila
Department of Periodontics Mahatma Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences Indira Nagar, Gorimedu, Pondicherry
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-2868.106667

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Gingival recession is a most common condition affecting the supporting structures of the teeth, in which the change in the position of the gingiva affects the esthetics and also hypersensitivity due to the exposure of the cementum. Coverage of denuded roots has become one of the most challenging procedures in periodontal mucogingival surgery. The principal objective in the treatment of gingival recession is to cover the exposed root surfaces to improve esthetics and to reduce hypersensitivity. Grafting procedures can be performed traditionally by use of a scalpel or by the use of lasers. A case of gingival recession with a shallow vestibule, treated with a free gingival autograft using a Diode laser is presented here. The recipient bed preparation and harvesting of graft from donor site were done with the Diode laser using the appropriate laser parameters so as to ensure proper healing of the free gingival graft. The results showed uneventful healing of donor site with complete root coverage and increased width of attached gingiva in the recipient site. The results of the therapy were assessed after 3 months.

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