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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

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

January 2007
Volume 38 , Issue 1

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Combined treatment approach of gingivectomy and CO2 laser for cyclosporine-induced gingival overgrowth

Cenk M. Haytac, DDS, PhD / Emin Esen, DDS, PhD / Yakup Ustun, DDS, PhD / Onur Ozcelik, DDS, PhD

PMID: 17508077

The aim of this report is to present a combined treatment approach with gingivectomy and CO2 laser for the management of cyclosporine-induced gingival overgrowth in 4 cases. Four renal transplant patients were surgically treated for marked gingival overgrowth by means of gingivectomy and CO2 laser. Postoperatively, all patients were followed for bleeding, pain, infection during the early healing period, and recurrence of gingival overgrowth for 12 months. The healing was uneventful, and no signs of bleeding, postoperative pain, or infection were observed in any patient during the early healing period. In the 12th postoperative month, there was evidence of mild recurrence in 1 patient, while no sign of recurrence was observed in the other patients during the follow-up period. The advantages of this combined technique include satisfactory bleeding control and clear visibility during the procedure, as well as reduced postoperative pain and swelling. (Quintessssence Int 2007;38:11.e5459)

Key words: carbon dioxide laser, cyclosporine A, gingival overgrowth/treatment, periodontal surgery

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