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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

November/December 2006
Volume 37 , Issue 10

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Esthetic management of the upper labial frenum: A novel frenectomy technique

Sukhchain Bagga, BDS / K. Mahalinga Bhat, BSc, BDS, MDS / G. Subraya Bhat, BDS, MDS, MFGDP / Betsy S. Thomas, BDS, MDS

Pages: 819823
PMID: 17078281

An abnormal upper labial frenum is capable of retracting the gingival margin, creating a diastema, limiting lip movement, and in cases of a high smile line, affecting esthetics also. When an abnormal frenum is present, frenectomy is advised. This technique has been modified in many ways. But in most of the techniques the zone of attached gingiva and esthetics are not considered. This case report highlights a new technique of frenectomy that results in good esthetics, excellent color match, gain in attached gingiva, and healing by primary intention at the site of the thick, extensive abnormal frenum. (Quintessence Int 2006;37:819823)

Key words: attached gingiva, diastema, esthetics, frenectomy, frenum

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