Diode laser for excisional biopsy of peripheral ossifying fi broma

Kirti Chawla, Arundeep Kaur Lamba, Farrukh Faraz, Shruti Tandon, Abdul Ahad


Peripheral Ossifying Fibroma is one of the commonest occurring reactive lesions on gingiva.
It is associated with local irritational factors and often interferes with speech, mastication and
maintenance of oral hygiene, in addition to being aesthetically unpleasant. It is usually treated with
surgical excision using scalpel and removal of irritational factors, often resulting in mucogingival
defect. Other modalities such as radiosurgery and electrocautery have also been used for its
management, but they cause changes in microarchitecture of biopsy specimen, altering the histologic
picture for true diagnosis. We are presenting a case of excisional biopsy of this lesion in an adult
female using a diode laser with excellent post-operative results, without affecting microarchitecture
of biopsy specimen. The patient is being followed for last 1 year and no sign of recurrence has been
found. A diode laser may offer a good alternative modality for management of such cases.
Key Words: Biopsy, diode laser, peripheral ossifying fi broma

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