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Split Mouth De-epithelization Techniques for Gingival Hyperpigmentation for Esthetic Purposes: A Case Series and Review of Literature

Avnika Garg, Baljeet Singh, Alka Sharma

Keywords : Depigmentation, Melanin, Repigmentation

Citation Information : Garg A, Singh B, Sharma A. Split Mouth De-epithelization Techniques for Gingival Hyperpigmentation for Esthetic Purposes: A Case Series and Review of Literature. Int J Experiment Dent Sci 2019; 8 (1):6-10.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10029-1195

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


A good pink smile is desirable by all age groups, and it can be of concern especially when the gingiva is seen, as in cases with a gummy smile. Thus, melanin hyperpigmentation on gingiva becomes an esthetic problem in individuals when it is present on the facial aspect of the gingiva and is visible during smile and speech. Various depigmentation techniques are available for treatment of gingival hyperpigmentation for this esthetic purpose. Here, the present study clinically assesses the outcome of four different surgical techniques (using scalpel surgery, gingival abrasion, electrosurgery, and lasers) in the same patients and evaluates the reappearance of the pigmentation in the 6-month follow-up period and compares the results.

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