Table of Contents
ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 282361, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/282361
Case Report

CO2 Laser Surgery and Prosthetic Management for the Treatment of Epulis Fissuratum

1Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, São Jose dos Campos Dental School, São Paulo State University, São José dos Campos, Avenida Francisco José Longo, 777 Vila Adyana, 12245-000 São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
2Department of Biopathology and Diagnosis and Academic Group of Studies and Research with Lasers in Dentistry, São Jose dos Campos Dental School, São Paulo State University, 12245-000 São José dos Campos, Brazil

Received 22 September 2010; Accepted 3 November 2010

Academic Editor: H. Devlin

Copyright © 2011 Tarcisio José de Arruda Paes-Junior et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to present a case report of the surgical removal of hyperplasia in the oral cavity, using carbon dioxide (CO2) laser radiation and rehabilitation with a complete denture. Epulis fissuratum occurs in complete denture patients, because a constant irritative action induces the mucosa to grow under poorly fitting dentures. These lesions must be removed, and to avoid a relapse, new complete dentures should be made to maintain healthy surgical tissues. The clinical sequence presented in this case shows a completely edentulous patient with epulis fissuratum on the lower alveolar ridge extending to the vestibular sulcus of the anterior region of mandible. Immediate complete dentures were made prior to the lesion removal with CO2 laser radiation, providing satisfactory results in oral function and tissue health.