Aesthetic concerns and functional abnormalities, such as dentin hypersensitivity, are often associated with gingival recession defects. Root coverage procedures aim to restore both gingival aesthetics and function in recession. There was a strong correlation between the severity and extent of gingival recessions and past orthodontic treatment, and it was suggested that orthodontic tooth movement might lead to a gingival recession. Miller’s Classes I and II recessions, in which the etiological factors are well diagnosed and eliminated, show great predictability of total coverage when the technique of subepithelial connective tissue graft is used. The purpose of this case report was to illustrate the relationship between orthodontic therapy and gingival recession and to describe the successful treatment of this case. A 25-year old girl with gingival recession and hypersensitivity in the anterior mandibular region was admitted to periodontology clinic. Treatment consisted of oral hygiene instructions, mechanical debridement, and surgical root coverage was by subepithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG).
Keywords: Gingival recession, etiology, orthodontic, treatment, subepithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG)