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Vol. 68, No. 5
ISSN: 1488-2159
May 2002


Treatment and Long-term Follow-up of a Patient with Hereditary Gingival Fibromatosis: A Case Report


• Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, BA, DMD, Dip Perio •
• William A. Wiltshire, BChD (Hons), M Dent, MChD (Orth), DSc •
• Catalena Birek, DDS, PhD, Dip Oral Pathol •

A b s t r a c t

This report addresses the complex nature of oral diagnosis, treatment and long-term case management in the hereditary form of recurrent gingival fibromatosis. Case management is discussed in relation to a 13-year-old girl who presented with recurrent, progressive gingival enlargement requiring consecutive periodontal and orthodontic treatment.

The initial course of treatment included 4-quadrant gingivectomy with reverse bevel incisions, followed by orthodontics. Microscopic examination of the gingivectomy specimens supported the clinical diagnosis. Three years later, recurrence of the condition was observed in all quadrants. To facilitate orthodontic tooth movement and to achieve optimal esthetics, another full-mouth gingivectomy was performed. There was no recurrence of the condition a year later. It is recommended that patients with this condition be monitored closely after gingivectomy, so that the treatment requirements of localized areas can be addressed as needed.


MeSH Key Words: case report; fibromatosis, gingival/pathology; fibromatosis, gingival/therapy
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