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Ill Effects of Technology: Dehiscence Encountered Following Laser Depigmentation: A Case Report
Anamika Sharma1* and Sharma Vishal2
1Department of Periodontology, Subharti Dental College SVSU, India
2Private Practitioner, India
Submission: September 10, 2018;Published: October 09, 2018
*Corresponding author: Anamika Sharma, 98-Rajan Kunj, Roorkee Road, Meerut-250003, India.
How to cite this article: Anamika S, Sharma V. Ill Effects of Technology: Dehiscence Encountered Following Laser Depigmentation: A Case Report. Curr Trends Biomedical Eng & Biosci. 2018; 16(5): 555949. DOI:10.19080/CTBEB.2018.16.555949.
Deformities of the alveolar process discovered during mucogingival procedures can present surgical dilemmas which may seriously affect the outcome of treatment Fenestration and dehiscence are localized defects of the cortical bone which covers the teeth. Etiologic factors include developmental anomalies, frenum attachments, orthodontic tooth movement, periodontal and endodontic pathosis, trauma from occlusion, tooth size, and tooth position. The present report describes a case of alveolar dehiscence in relation to maxillary canine encountered three months following diode laser depigmentation
An alveolar dehiscence denotes a lack of the facial or lingual alveolar cortical plate resulting in a denuded root surface, while an alveolar fenestration is a circumscribed defect of the cortical plate which exposes the underlying root surface, not involving the marginal bone . Deformities of the alveolar process can present surgical dilemmas which are technically demanding and may seriously affect the outcome of treatment . The overall prevalence ranges from 0.99 to 13.4% for dehiscences and 0.23% to 16.9% for fenestrations. Elliott & Bowers  reported that alveolar dehiscences and fenestrations were associated with 9.19% and 10.93%, respectively.
A 25-year-old male patient reported with the complaint of dark colored gums. Gingival depigmentation was performed with diode laser in both maxillary and mandibular arches in the intercanine region. Three months postoperatively, the patient reported with pain in the attached gingiva of the maxillary right lateral incisor and canine. On examination, a bony sequestrum surrounded by erythema was observed in the gingiva overlying the maxillary right lateral incisor and canine (Figure 1). A sub marginal incision was given with a 15 no.B.P.blade in the attached gingiva extending from the maxillary right lateral incisor to the maxillary right first premolar. A full thickness flap was reflected to perform alveoloplasty for removal of the bony sequestrum and reshaping of the underlying bone. On removal of the sequestrum, an alveolar dehiscence was found in relation to the maxillary right canine, measuring up to 6 mm from the gingival margin (Figure
2). Alveoloplasty was performed; the flap was repositioned and
sutured with 5-0 black silk and postoperative instructions given
(Figure 3). Antibiotic and analgesic were prescribed for 5 days.
Erythema was absent one week postoperatively, but slight pain
was reported (Figure 4). On one month follow up, the gingiva was
pink, firm and resilient with stippled appearance and absence of
pain (Figure 5).
Alveolar bone architecture may vary from patient to patient
in point of thickness, contour and configuration, and all these
variations may be both normal and healthy1. The cause of these
differences is the unique dependence between the morphology
of the alveolar process and the teeth. The bone contour normally
conforms to the prominence of the roots with intervening
vertical depressions that taper toward the margin . Previous
studies have reported the prevalence of alveolar dehiscences
and fenestrations in human skulls and autopsy specimens from
a variety of populations including Japanese , Bedouins ,
Italians & Australians , Mexican Indians , Egyptians ,
Britons  and South African Blacks . Clinical predictors of
dehiscences and fenestrations have not been well defined.
A number of possible etiologic factors have been examined,
including developmental anomalies, frenum attachments,
orthodontic tooth movement, periodontal and endodontic
pathosis, trauma from occlusion, tooth size, and tooth position
. Davies et al  found dehiscences and fenestrations in 5.36%
and 8.45% in teeth of 398 nineteenth century British skulls.
Dehiscences were most commonly associated with mandibular
canines and first premolars and maxillary canines and first molars.
Fenestrations were most frequently associated with maxillary
first molars. Edel  evaluated 87 dry Bedouin jaws and found
the prevalence of dehiscences and fenestrations to be 4.40% and
9.70%, respectively, in 990 teeth examined. Our patient presented
a dehiscence in the maxillary canine. Possible etiologic factor for
the existence of this defect may be the prominent root of canine
in combination with a thin alveolar bone plate. This observation
is consistent with previous reports by Abdelmalek et al.  & Edel
Presence of the alveolar defect observed in our patient may
also be attributed to the use of laser beam deep into the connective
tissue in an attempt to remove the pigmented tissues completely.
Also the soft tissues overlying the canine region are thin, therefore
laser ablation may have been inadvertently carried out in close
proximity of bone, leading to necrosis and eventually sequestration
of bone. Similar findings were reported by Atsawasuwan et al.
 in 4 cases of gingival pigmentation treated with Nd:YAG laser.
Lost  reported that in most cases the bone crest was found to
be about 3 mm from the position of the gingival margin; however,
in 14% of instances, the bone crest was observed located more
than 4 mm from the position of the pre-surgical soft tissue margin,
most often associated with mandibular canines. Similarly, in our
patient, the distance of crestal bone from gingival margin was 6
mm, though no recession was present over the canine.
Clinically, the intraoperative discovery of an alveolar
dehiscence or fenestration requires special consideration. If a
defect is unintentionally exposed, root instrumentation which
may remove radicular connective tissue fibers should be avoided,
the root surface should not be permitted to become desiccated,
and soft tissue coverage of the defect must be ensured. The soft
tissue used to cover these defects, whether obtained by use of a
free autogenous graft or mobilized soft tissue flap, must have an
adequate blood supply to overcome the lack of perfusion from
the avascular root surface. The absence of crestal bone reduces support for the soft tissue flap and may increase the likelihood
of undesirable post-operative gingival recession. Flaps must be
carefully positioned and sutured to optimally support the flap
margin in the desired position .
Alveolar dehiscence is a defect which may be encountered
over the maxillary canine as an intraoperative discovery. Possible
etiologic factors include malpositioned tooth with thin alveolar
bone which may undergo necrosis and eventually sequestration
of bone by laser ablation carried deep into connective tissue.