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The labial frenum may impede oral hygiene and result in diastema between anterior teeth and traction of the attached gingiva. Surgical removal of the frenum during puberty has been recommended for these patients. This article clinically evaluates the efficacy of an Er,Cr:YSGG laser in removing the labial frenum in an adolescent and pre-pubescent population.(More)
Toothbrush abrasion at the cervical areas of teeth is generally thought to be a result of frequent or forceful toothbrushing, faulty or vigorous technique, filament stiffness or design, dominant hand dexterity, or abrasive dentifrices. However, a review of the evidence-based literature cannot conclusively establish any one factor as the primary etiology of(More)
Collagen is a highly versatile material, extensively used in the medical, dental, and pharmacological fields. Collagen is capable of being prepared into cross-linked compacted solids or into lattice-like gels. Resorbable forms of collagen have been used to dress oral wounds, for closure of graft and extraction sites, and to promote healing. Collagen-based(More)
Toothbrush abrasion has been considered to cause cervical lesions. However, some investigators have proposed that occlusal loading factors direct tensile stresses at the cervical area, resulting in wedge-shaped abfraction defects. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of axial and non-axial load on the development of cervical lesions. Matched(More)
AIM To review the hypothesis that toothbrushing leads to gingival recession. Gingival recession develops due to anatomical and pathological factors. The prevalence of recession is dependent on the age and characteristic of the population because it usually presents in individuals with periodontal disease or those who practise zealous or improper oral(More)
OBJECTIVES Bone defects are a challenge for the dental clinician. As widely accepted in guided tissue regeneration, physically halting soft connective tissue proliferation into bone allows for bone regeneration. This concept is the "osteopromotion principle." The aim of this study was to assess the osteopromoting effect of calcium sulfate as a barrier. (More)
Endodontic surgery is an alternative therapeutic approach to endodontic treatment. The outcome of the technique is affected by several factors, some of which can be eliminated by the use of a dental operating microscope. The microscope was used during the performance of 50 apicoectomies, with or without retrograde fillings. For clinical evaluation cases(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Class III periodontal furcations still represent a challenge for the periodontist. Aim of this study was to test the effect of CO2 laser on the treatment of class III furcation defects. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHOD: Class III furcation defects 3 mm deep were surgically induced on mandibular premolars on six male Beagle dogs,(More)
This study investigated the effect of cigarette smoking on 143 patients' clinical and microbiological responses to mechanical therapy. Treatment included four to six sessions of subgingival scaling and root planing and instruction in oral hygiene. Results indicate that current smokers have less healing and reduction in subgingival Bacteroides forsythus and(More)
Endodontic surgical procedures may reveal compromising factors that indicate a modification of the treatment (e.g. tooth extraction, root amputation, etc.). To take advantage of the osseous height and width, as well as the natural tooth angulation, immediate placement of implants after extraction is a reasonable alternative treatment. In this study, 32(More)