Diode laser versus scalpel in the treatment of hereditary gingival fibromatosis in a 6-year old boy

  • Samia Aboujaoude | samofa6@hotmail.com Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Antoine Cassia Department of Oral Pathology and Diagnosis, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Carla Moukarzel Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Abstract

Hereditary gingival fibromatosis (HGF) is a rare disease characterized by a benign enlargement of the gingiva involving both the mandible and the maxilla. This case is about a 6-year-old child with non syndromic HGF showing a severe gingival enlargement covering almost all surfaces of the teeth, in both arches, hence causing major aesthetic, phonetic and masticatory problems. The aim of the present article is to compare the outcomes of two therapeutical approaches: i) classical surgical removal with scalpel; and ii) diode laser resection. Compared to the surgical approach, the clinical results show that the main advantages of the diode laser technique are a better visibility during the intervention, minimal postoperative discomfort combined to a better gingival recontouring. However, the time consumption and the high cost of the laser equipment remain the main disadvantages of the systematic use of this technique.

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Published
2016-11-14
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
Diode laser, gingivectomy, gingival hyperplasia, hereditary gingival fibromatosis.
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Aboujaoude, S., Cassia, A., & Moukarzel, C. (2016). Diode laser versus scalpel in the treatment of hereditary gingival fibromatosis in a 6-year old boy. Clinics and Practice, 6(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2016.895