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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 894-898

Depigmentation: A cornerstone in gingival esthetics (case series)


1 P.G. Students, Dept. of Periodontics, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Hitkarini Hills, Jabalpur, India
2 Reader, Dept. of Periodontics, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Hitkarini Hills, Jabalpur, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Hitkarini Hills, Jabalpur, India

Correspondence Address:
Sakshi Ahuja
P.G. Students, Dept. of Periodontics, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Hitkarini Hills, Jabalpur
India
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Statement of problem: Genetically determined hyper pigmentation of melanin in dark skin individuals is due to hyperactivity of melanocytes, creating a major esthetic problem Purpose of study: This case series demonstrates a simple and effective surgical depigmentation technique that does not require sophisticated instruments or apparatus, yet yields esthetically acceptable results along with patient's satisfaction. Materials and methods: Fifteen (males-twelve, females-three) cases were selected with diffuse blackish discoloration of gingival. With the use of surgical excision and round bur, the sites were depigmented and evaluated for six months. Results: Esthetically pleasing results were seen, with no repigmentation notice in a span of six months. Also, no side effects and ease performance made this method still a gold standard in a population like India. Conclusions: It is simple, easy to perform, cost effective method and gives esthetically pleasing results; made it a treatment of choice.


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