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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 258-261  

Successful management of recurrent irritational fibroma and associated residual soft tissue defect in the posterior teeth through single-stage surgery: A rare case report

Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India

Date of Submission16-Mar-2020
Date of Decision14-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance16-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication04-May-2021

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev Kumar Salaria
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar - 335 001, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_182_20

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Inflammatory fibrous hyperplasia, pyogenic granuloma, peripheral ossifying fibroma, irritational fibroma (IF), peripheral giant cell granuloma, etc., are the different types of reactive gingival lesions that may occur in response to mild chronic irritation associated with subgingival factors, root remnant, iatrogenic factors, and trauma. Gingival IF is one of the most common reactive lesions and is usually sessile in nature, and its size is usually not more than 1.5 cm. Complete surgical excision along with the elimination of precipitating/aggravating factors is the treatment of choice generally adopted by a general dentist without giving due consideration to its size, location, and postoperative sequel. The present rare case describes the simple, easy to perform, and effective periodontal plastic treatment for the management of expected residual soft tissue defect, following surgical excision of large recurrent IF in the posterior maxillary teeth at 9 months postoperatively, in addition to its conceivable etiology and diagnosis.

Keywords: Coronally repositioned flap, irritational fibroma, osteoplasty, reactive gingival lesions, surgical excision

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Salaria SK, Kalra P, Belkhede SG, Vinnakota G. Successful management of recurrent irritational fibroma and associated residual soft tissue defect in the posterior teeth through single-stage surgery: A rare case report. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2021;25:258-61

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Salaria SK, Kalra P, Belkhede SG, Vinnakota G. Successful management of recurrent irritational fibroma and associated residual soft tissue defect in the posterior teeth through single-stage surgery: A rare case report. J Indian Soc Periodontol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jul 2];25:258-61. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Different types of lesions (developmental, benign, inflammatory, reactive, and neoplastic) are observed in the oral cavity. Irritational fibroma (IF) is among one of the most common types of reactive gingival lesion encountered in routine dental practice. It usually occurs in response to different low-grade intrinsic and extrinsic irritational factors.[1] Comprehensive surgical excision of reactive gingival lesion, followed by thorough eradication of infuriating factors, is the principle handling protocol to prevent the recurrence of such lesions; however, sometimes, if the excised lesion is large, it may create a residual soft tissue defect, which may further precipitate functional and esthetic discrepancies if not managed immediately. The present rare case not only describes the method of assessment, plausible etiology, and diagnosis of recurrent IF but also harmonizes the repair of residual gingival defect by coronally repositioned flap (CRF) technique in the posterior maxillary teeth.

   Case Report Top

A 50-year-old otherwise healthy female patient was reported to the institutional outpatient department of periodontology with chief complaints of swelling of gums in the left upper back teeth and difficulty in brushing for the past 1.5 years and 3 months, respectively. History disclosed that the lesion was excised approximately 2 years back but recurred. Initially, the lesion was small, and gradually, it gained the present size. On clinical examination, generalized mild papillary inflammation with bleeding on probing and generalized normal gingival sulcus depth on periodontal probing were observed.

Buccal gingival sulcus depth with respect to #26, 27 was not probable due to gingival overgrowth. The growth was sessile in nature, the size was approximately ≥20 mm × 15 mm and without any color differentiation from the adjacent gingival tissue [Figure 1]a. The basal attachment of the growth on exploration from all aspects (mesial, distal, apical and coronal direction) with 4-0 black silk suture suggested that the lesion involved marginal gingiva and part of the attached gingiva with respect to #26, 27. Intraoral periapical radiographic evaluation with respect to #25, 26, 27 was normal [Figure 1]b. Provisional diagnosis of pyogenic granuloma (PG)/peripheral ossifying fibroma (POF)/IF with respect to #26, 27 with generalized chronic mild papillary gingivitis was made. Phase-1 periodontal therapy was performed. All routine hematological (hemoglobin, bleeding time, clotting time, total leukocyte count, differential leukocyte count, and random blood sugar) investigations were within normal limits. Punch incision biopsy was taken [Figure 1]c after administration of 2% lignocaine hydrochloride and 1:80,000 adrenaline bitartrate containing local anesthetic (LA) solution (XICAINE™, ICPA Health Products, Mumbai, India). Biopsy specimen was sent for histopathological evaluation in 10% formalin solution. An oral analgesic (ibuprofen 400 mg) was prescribed as and when required for pain relief. The patient was instructed to rinse twice daily with 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouth rinse for 2 weeks postoperatively and not to brush the treated area during the first 2 weeks. Surgical treatment protocol with concurrent restoration of anticipated residual gingival defect by means of CRF was discussed. The patient was recalled after 2 weeks. On recall visit, the patient agreed to the surgical treatment protocol as advice at the time of the first visit and submitted the signed written consent.
Figure 1: Preoperative picture showing (a) isolated gingival growth of 2 cm with respect to tooth no 25–27; (b) no lesion observed on intraoral periapical X-ray evaluation; (c) an punch incisional biopsy was under process, (d) photomicrograph (&s#215;10) showing atrophic epithelium, connective tissue stroma, and focal areas of inflammation

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Hematoxylin and eosin-stained histological section under ×10 showed thin parakeratinized stratified squamous epithelium with loss of rete ridges. The epithelium was atrophic. Underlying connective tissue stroma was moderately collagenous interspersed with fibroblasts. Mild chronic inflammatory cell infiltration was seen chiefly consisting of lymphocytes and plasma cells which suggestive of IF [Figure 1]d.

On the 14th day recall visit, lesion was slightly reduced in size [Figure 2]a. Basal attachment of the IF was reassessed with the help of suturing thread [Figure 2]b. Under aseptic condition, left posterior superior alveolar and infraorbital nerve block was given utilizing 2% LA solution. Surgical excision of IF growth close to the facial gingival surface of #26, 27 was carried out with the help of 15 number surgical blade to observe its basal and peripheral extensions [Figure 2]c. Internal bevel incision was given 1.5–2 mm away the lesion's peripheral extensions [Figure 2]d to prevent recurrence. Crevicular incision was given in the 1–1.5 mm of remaining attached gingiva apical to the internal bevel incision with respect to #26, 27 followed by two vertical releasing incisions mesial and distal line angle of #26, 27, respectively. Full-thickness flap was reflected. Comprehensive elimination of the lesion was carried out with the help of Gracey's and surgical curettes, and anticipated area of residual soft tissue defect was observed. The diseased granulation tissue and irregular marginal bone contour with respect to buccal aspect of #26, 27 were observed after growth excision [Figure 2]e, were thoroughly debrided and root surfaces were planned followed by osteoplasty with surgical carbide bur [Figure 2]f under copious irrigation, respectively. Split thickness incision was given in the vestibule [Figure 2]g for tension-free advancement of CRF which was achieved [Figure 2]h, and CRF was secured at the surgical site with 4-0 silk sutures [Figure 2]i. Coe-Pak was applied at the surgical site. Oral tablet ibuprofen 400 mg 8 hourly for 3 days and 0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate rinsing after 24 h were advised for 10 days postsurgically as per the previous oral hygiene protocol. The patient was recalled for suture removal on the 10th day postoperatively. Surgical site healed uneventfully, and sutures were removed on the 14th day postoperatively [Figure 3]a. Maintenance therapy was performed. Surgical site healed pleasingly without any residual soft tissue defect and its associated complications at 1 and 3 months postoperatively which will remain unaltered till 9-month postoperative follow-up [Figure 3]b,[Figure 3]c,[Figure 3]d.
Figure 2: (a) Reduction in growth size observed; (b) the exploration of basal attachments of the growth; (c) peripheral extensions of the lesion observed after growth head excision; (d) internal bevel incision 1.5–2 mm away from the growth extensions, (e) surgical site showed granulation tissue and bony deformities; (f) after thorough debridement, the osteoplasty was proceeded; (g) vestibular partial-thickness incision; (h) tension-free coronal displacement of the flap; and (i) flap secured at the surgical site with 4-0 silk suture

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Figure 3: (a-d) Postoperative evaluation at 14 days showed that healing was uneventful, flap margin was well adapted to the underlying alveolar bone at 1 month, gingival margin showed a scalloped pattern with slight scar formation at the mesial vertical incision line at 3 months, and rest is same as 3 months healing except thick fibrosis at mesial releasing incision site at 9 months, respectively, without any recurrence

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   Discussion Top

IF is observed and perceived usually as a fibrous polyp that may occur in the submucosal tissue in response to dental trauma or prosthesis.[1],[2] It may be observed anywhere in the oral cavity. IF is a smooth surface lesion, usually 1.5 cm or less, sessile in nature without any color discrimination from the adjacent gingival tissue, observed commonly on the buccal mucosa along the bite line, and routinely reported in the fourth to sixth decade of life.[2] Somewhat similar clinical findings were observed in the present case of IF which was confirmed histologically. The present case was rare because (i) the size of the growth was ≥2 cm as it is generally reported to be ≤1.5 cm[1] and only few authors had reported its size from 4 to 6 cm,[3] (ii) it was observed in the posterior maxillary teeth,[4] whereas usually, it appears in the anterior maxilla, (iii) recurrence is rare, and (iv) extremely limited number of cases reported the simultaneous repair of residual soft tissue defect following excision of IF.[5],[6]

IF was differentially diagnosed from POF which clinically looked similar but is usually <1.5 cm at its greatest dimensions, whereas histologically matured bone ossification in the connective tissue with plumb fibroblast is observed.[5] PG is routinely observed clinically on marginal and/or attached gingiva. The nature of the lesion is soft in consistency. On histological evaluation the lesion in its early phase reveals diffuse endothelial cells with few budding capillaries; in lobular capillary hemangioma phase- numerous blood vessels organized into lobular aggregates whereas in involuntary phase showed healing of the lesion characterized by extensive fibrosis in the connective tissue. Although the clinical features of all the above reactive lesions overlap with IF, none of the characteristic histological findings of POF and PG was observed in the present case.[7]

Although the rate of recurrence of IF is low, it was reported in the present case. The reason for the same may be (a) local infuriating factors were not taken care following surgical management and (b) incomplete surgical excision.[2],[5],[6] The conceivable etiology in the existing reactive lesion may be because of the chronic interaction of local factors and/or toothbrush-associated insult.[6]

It is always a prodigious task for a periodontist while treating a recurrent large gingival reactive lesion, as extensive surgical excision might induce large residual soft tissue defect, which may provoke postoperative discomfort, sensitivity, difficulty in maintaining oral hygiene, etc.[5],[6] Laterally, a displaced flap is difficult to execute in such location, whereas subepithelial connective tissue graft harvesting for the management of residual soft tissue defect is technique sensitive procedure too. Therefore, looking after the same, concurrent repair of anticipated residual soft tissue by CRF was planned and implemented in this case. CRF was planned on the basis of its primary requisite of the band of attached gingiva apical to the soft tissue defect and deep vestibule, which was well observed in the present case too, secondly, CRF is is less time-consuming, simple to learn and execute as well as because of its excellent outcome when coronally advance flap (CAF) was used alone[8],[9] or in combination with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF)[4],[6] or other materials.[10] Complete residual soft tissue defect coverage was obtained without any ill effects in the present case, which is consistent with the report of Salaria et al., but they utilized modified laterally displaced flap[6] and PRF in conjunction with CAF in the management of residual soft tissue defect.[7]

   Conclusion Top

CRF was an effective treatment modality for preventing the functional difficulties that might be associated with residual soft tissue defect, following thorough surgical removal of recurrent IF.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.


The authors express special thanks to the Management of Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, for providing all kind of instruments, equipment, and technical expertise support needed for the case. Special thanks to Dr. Kathikeyan Ramalingam, Professor and Head, and Dr. Gurveen, Senior Lecture, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, for their kind support and timely help.

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