Dr. Madhuri Kotha, Dr. Rekha BM, Dr. Vinaya Kumar R


Background: An aberrant frenum can initiate periodontal infection and therefore this mucogingival discrepancy has to be corrected by
frenectomy/frenotomy to maintain health. The aim of our study was to assess the healing outcome following frenectomy done using the scalpel,
electrosurgery and diode laser.
Materials and Methods: Fifteen patients with aberrant frenal attachment were recruited. They were randomly assigned to undergo frenectomy by
one of the three procedures (n=5x3). Group I was treated with scalpel, Group II by electrocautery and Group III with laser. The healing was assessed
by the Landry, Turnbull and Howley Index.
Results: The results indicated a statistically significant improvement in healing in all the groups with highly significant improvement noted in the
laser group (P˂0.001).
Conclusion: Based on our findings, the diode laser seems to be ideal for frenectomy. Although the scalpel and electrosurgery techniques exhibited
similar results, the laser’s added clinical benefits ensure better patient experience.


Frenectomy, Scalpel, Electrosurgery, Laser, Healing.

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