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Volume 32 , Issue 1
February 2012

Pages 103-109

Periodontal Plastic Surgery for Management of Cleft Alveolar Ridge: A Case Report

Amit A. Agrawal, MDS/Ramreddy K. Yeltiwar, MDS

PMID: 22254229
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.1030

Cleft lips, alveoli, and palates are the most common congenital malformations of the head and neck region, all of which often can be managed successfully when presented at a young age. It is a common belief that clefts in the alveolar ridge should be treated with the help of bone grafting materials. This could be the best option when the cleft is to be treated in early age, when the patient is still developing and has high regenerative potential. However, in adults, the literature supports the fact that bone grafting in alveolar clefts has a higher chance for failure. The present case report exemplifies a periodontal plastic surgical procedure involving a combination of connective tissue and free gingival grafting to restore the form and function of a cleft alveolar ridge in an adult patient. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:103109.)

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