Treatment of grade III furcation lesion by tunneling in a smoker patient: Clinical Case Report

  • Francesco Saverio Ludovichetti Department of Neurosciences, Dentistry Section, University of Padova
  • Guilherme José Pimentel Lopes de Oliveira Department of Diagnosis and Surgery, School of Dentistry at Araraquara, Univ. Est. Paulista
  • Joni Augusto Cirelli Department of Diagnosis and Surgery, School of Dentistry at Araraquara, Univ. Est. Paulista


The aim of this study is to describe a case report of lower molar treatment with grade III furcation by the tunneling technique in a heavy smoker patient. Case presentation: In the present study, a 40-year- -old man, a heavy smoker (> 20 cigarettes / day) presented a grade III furcation injury on dental element 46 after a clinical and radiographic examination. After non-surgical periodontal therapy, the patient was treated with the execution of the tunneling of the furcation of the tooth 46, which was effective in the control of the disease and in the maintenance of the dental element after 12 months of follow up. Final considerations: The tunneling technique was effective in the control of periodontal disease in a heavy smoking patient, with a good standard of hygiene and motivation, and good clinical results were maintained after 12 months of follow-up.


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