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Abstract

A 27-year-old female patient with secondary cleft deformity and malocclusion was initially treated with reconstructive surgery. However, localized severely gingival recession on the upper right first premolar and massive scar tissue over the buccal vestibular area were formed after the surgical orthodontic treatment. The surgical technique of choice in this patient was laterally positioned pedicle flap (LPF) combined with subepithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG) because of the area adjacent to the recession defect showed a great amount of attached gingiva and without interproximal bone loss. The complete root coverage in the surgical site was observed one year later. To the best of our knowledge, there is no report available on the application of LPF combined with SCTG to treat gingival recession after surgical orthodontic treatment and the result of this report demonstrates the possibility of predictable root coverage and clinical attachment gain.

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