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J Clin Periodontol. 1988 Oct;15(9):534-8.

Forced eruption combined with gingival fiberotomy. A technique for clinical crown lengthening.

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Department of Periodontology, Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


A new approach to clinical crown lengthening has been developed and described. The technique combines controlled eruptive tooth movement and incision of the supracrestal gingival attachment. The procedure was performed in patients with severe destruction of a tooth crown and in whom clinical crown lengthening procedures were essential before the teeth could be properly restored. Controlled eruptive forces were activated by simple orthodontic appliances. During the active phase of forced eruption, repeated intrasulcular incisions through the junctional epithelium and the supracrestal connective tissue attachment were performed. The technique prevented coronal displacement of the gingiva and the attachment apparatus during the orthodontic extrusion, thus overcoming the need for corrective osseous surgery.

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