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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1011-1014

Root coverage using gingival cuff of maxillary tuberosity: A case report


1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Madha Dental Collegeand Hospital, Kundrathur, Chennai, India
2 Professor, Department of Periodontology and Implantology. MeenakshiAmmal Dental College and Hospital, Maduravoyal, Chennai, India
3 Professor, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Madha Dental Collegeand Hospital, Kundrathur, Chennai, India
4 Senior Lecturer,Department of Periodontology and Implantology. MeenakshiAmmal Dental College and Hospital, Maduravoyal, Chennai, India

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Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Madha Dental Collegeand Hospital, Kundrathur, Chennai
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Esthetics is becoming an important concern in periodontics. Gingival recession which causes tooth hypersensitivity, due to root exposure and an unesthetic appearance with uneven gingival margin levels requires a simple and a predictable technique for root coverage. Various techniques for treating gingival recession include flap surgical procedures like coronally repositioned flap, lateral sliding flap, double papilla flap, semilunar flap and procedures using graft materials in combination with flap procedures like connective tissue graft, bioabsorbable or non resorbable membrane or enamel matrix derivatives. Maxillary tuberosity has a greater bulk of gingival tissue which can be harvested with ease with minimal complications compared to the palate where vital anatomic structures, such as greater palatine artery, limit the size and amount of connective tissue and has a higher rate of complication. A gingival cuff from the maxillary tuberosity area can be easily adapted to the recipient site by just removing the epithelium with no risk of associated complications and an esthetically pleasing outcome. This article presents a case report where complete root coverage is obtained with gingival cuff of maxillary tuberosity.


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