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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 460-463

Whale's tail technique: A case series


Department of Periodontics, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bommanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Deshpande Milind Mrunal
Department of Periodontics, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bommanahalli, Hosur Main Road, Bengaluru - 560 068, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.188333

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The Whale's tail technique performed to obtain maximum interdental papilla fill in the anterior region after placement of bone grafts. This study aims to assess the clinical efficacy of this new technique. This report describes a series of three cases with a probing depth of 6–7 mm in the maxillary anterior teeth and their treatment with Whale's tail technique to obtain regeneration and maximum papilla preservation. The cases in this report showed a pocket depth reduction of 3-4mm and a clinical attachment gain of 3-4mm.The application of the “Whale's tail” flap leads to clinically significant improvement of hard and soft tissue conditions and allows regeneration of wide intrabony defects involving the maxillary anterior teeth with notable interdental diastemas, maintaining interproximal tissue to recreate a functional attachment with esthetic results.


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