|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 24-26
A case report on the excision of irritational fibroma using the diode laser
Akshay Ashok Katara, Roshni Minhas, Ankit Kumar, Shreya Dasgupta
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, DY Patil University School of Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||13-Sep-2020|
|Date of Decision||31-Jan-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||02-Apr-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||28-Mar-2020|
Akshay Ashok Katara
Flat No: 103, Poonam Darshan “C” CHS Ltd., Poonam Nagar, Off Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai - 400 093, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Irritational fibroma is a commonly occurring oral lesion, which may mimic many other pathological conditions. In this case report, we present a case of a 15-year-old male with an ill-defined overgrowth on the gingiva which was diagnosed with an irrational fibroma due to the presence of calculus. This was then excised using biolase laser, and uneventful healing was noted postoperatively. The advantage of laser over conventional treatment is that it helps in better precision, clean surgical field, and lesser postoperative complications.
Keywords: Fibroma, gingiva, laser
|How to cite this article:|
Katara AA, Minhas R, Kumar A, Dasgupta S. A case report on the excision of irritational fibroma using the diode laser. J Dent Res Rev 2020;7:24-6
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Katara AA, Minhas R, Kumar A, Dasgupta S. A case report on the excision of irritational fibroma using the diode laser. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Jan 22];7:24-6. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2020/7/1/24/281506
| Introduction|| |
Laser was developed by Maiman in 1960. The diode laser system has a wide range of practical applications and is an important tool for the efficient treatment of premalignant lesions and benign tumors of the oral mucosa.
In our day-to-day clinical practice, we may come across a variety of soft-tissue benign lesions. Irritational fibroma is commonly known as traumatic fibroma. It is exophytic in nature and is regarded as one of the most common benign soft-tissue lesions occurring in the oral cavity.
| Case Report|| |
A 15-year-old male patient reported to the Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, DY Patil University School of Dentistry, with the chief complaint of a painless whitish growth in the lower front region of the jaw involving the gingiva for the past 2 months with difficulty in mastication and caused discomfort [Figure 1]. The growth had gradually increased to the present size with no complaint of pain in the affected region. No previous episodes of similar overgrowth given by the patient. The patient's medical and family history was noncontributory to the present case.
|Figure 1: The presence of fibroma involving the gingival margin on the labial aspect of 32|
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Intraoral examination revealed a gray-white colored lesion approximately 2 cm × 1 cm solitary, pedunculated, and ovoid growth on the attached gingiva of 32. The lesion was soft in consistency, nontender, and without any discharge. Intraoral periapical radiograph showed no evidence of calcification [Figure 2]. Oral cavity examination revealed poor oral hygiene with the presence of moderate plaque and calculus deposits.
Based on the history given by the patient and clinical presentation, irritational fibroma was considered as a provisional diagnosis. Informed consent was obtained from the patient, and he was informed about the treatment procedure. Routine blood investigations were performed, and they were within the normal range. The lesion was excised using Biolase laser (diode laser at 1200 J/s; wavelength of 940 nm; and excision mode) under local anesthesia [Figure 3]. The patient was given postoperative instructions and was followed up after 3 days, 1 week and at the end of 1-month follow-up. The healing of the lesion was uncomplicated and no recurrence was noted [Figure 4].
| Discussion|| |
Irritational fibromas are more prevalent in females with an average of 66%. Multiple fibromas may be seen in cases of fibrotic papillary hyperplasia of the palate, familial fibromatosis, and Cowden syndrome (multiple hamartoma syndromes). A generalized fibrous overgrowth of the gingival tissues is seen in cases of fibrous gingival hyperplasia. The lesion typically appears as a pink nodule which is smooth surfaced and similar in color to the surrounding mucosa. Irritational fibromas are most of the time sessile, but in some cases, it may also be pedunculated. In some cases, it may be flat and have a leaf-like appearance if it grows a denture.
Histopathological examination of the excised lesion is a gold standard to rule out other pathologies that may mimic an irritational fibroma. Differential diagnosis is determined by the clinical location of the tumor. Granular cell tumors, schwannoma, and neurofibroma can be considered for tumors on the tongue. When the lesion is present on the lower labial mucosa, then lipoma and other salivary gland tumors should be considered.
In the present case report, the diode laser is used over the conventional surgical excision, which is performed by a scalpel. Evidence shows that lasers are minimally invasive tools in dentistry and that they will continue to be a superb tool in the dental field. The use of diode lasers is advantageous due to numerous factors such as the use of minimal local anesthetic agents, precision cutting, rapid hemostasis, low postoperative infections, and decreased scar formation. The most important reason for the success of lasers is their ability to accurately excise and concurrently coagulate the soft tissue. Diode lasers help in the coagulation of blood vessels, and it plugs the lymphatic vessels.
A laser unit is composed of a core made up of energy around which its structure is built, a lasing medium and a couple of reflecting mirrors. The emitted light from the laser reaches its target in the tissue through the medium of the fiber optic cable, a hollow waveguide, focusing lenses, and cooling system. The action of laser is based on the Amdt–Schultz principle. Due to this reason, an increase or decrease in the stimulus beyond the optimal dose will cause the effect of laser to weaken. Hence, it is necessary to have an optimal dose which determines the efficacy of laser.
Laser application causes stimulation of mast cells and lymphocytes which results in anti-inflammatory action. This action results in a change in the capillary hydrostatic pressure, which results in edema absorption and elimination of intermediary metabolites. The use of lasers also causes an increase in collagen synthesis, an increase in the mitotic activity of epithelial cells, and increase in fibroblast production. Hence, lasers cause an analgesic effect and also reduce the healing time postsurgical procedures with minimal intraoperative and postoperative bleeding.
In the past, scalpel excision was the most vastly used surgical technique for various surgical procedures such as incisional and excisional of benign soft-tissue lesions, oral potentially malignant disorders such as leukoplakia, lichen planus, and oral submucous fibrosis. Various complications, such as increased intraoperative and postoperative bleeding, delayed wound healing, and pain, have been routinely noted with the use of scalpel excision. Advances in laser technologies have helped to overcome these shortcomings and provide an enhanced and effective treatment to the patient.
Gabric et al. conducted a study to compare diode lasers and conventional scalpel surgery for biopsy procedures of soft lesions in the oral cavity, and they noted a significantly lower occurrence of edema, bleeding, hematoma formation, and a decreased healing time and pain in the patients treated with lasers as compared to the patients treated with scalpel surgical procedure.
Ramwala et al. in their study to determine the efficacy of diode laser in the management of oral premalignant lesions, found that the patients treated with lasers had less postoperative pain and no recurrence in 1 year of follow-up period.
| Conclusion|| |
The diode laser is a relatively simple and safe method. They cause minimal collateral damage to the adjacent healthy tissue, have an extremely precise cutting ability, and provide the bloodless operating field of surgery. They also have minimal postoperative pain and accelerated healing time and hence, they should be considered as the treatment of choice for removal of irritation fibromas and other oral soft-tissue lesions.
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