Soft tissue augmentation using free gingival autograft : A case report

Sushil K.C., Shaili Pradhan

Abstract

Gingival recession is defined as “Displacement of soft tissue margin apical to the cemento-enamel junction” (glossary of periodontal terms). The presence of an adequate zone of gingiva is considered critical for the maintenance of gingival health and for the prevention of progressive loss of connective tissue attachment. According to Miller, free gingival graft (FGG) procedure is most predictable method to increase the apico-coronal dimension of the keratinized mucosa and produces patient satisfaction.The procedure has been proven reliable in increasing width of attached gingiva and stopping the progressive recession.A case report in which free gingival autograft has been performed is included.The aim of this case report was to evaluate the changes in the amount of keratinized tissue and in the position of gingival margin in sites treated with free gingival autograft. The goal of therapy in this patient was functional restoration of the periodontal attachment apparatus rather than esthetics.

Keywords

free gingival autograft, gingival recession, inadequate width of attached gingival, mucogingival therapy

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