A case report on gingival depigmentation by scraping method by scalpel

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Author Details : Pooja Bharadwaj*, Almas Siddiqui

Volume : 6, Issue : 3, Year : 2021

Article Page : 171-173


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Smile is the most wonderful gesture of the human being. A Person who is genuinally happy shows his or her pleasure in the form of smile. A beautiful smile for sure enhances individual self confidence. A beautiful smile lies in a harmonial balance between competent lips, size, color, and proper alighnment of teeth and the color of gingival tissues. The normal color of gingival is coral pink as in accordance to British population, and pale pink as in accordance to Indian population. However this gingival pigmentation varies among each and every individual in accordance with the color of the skin, various pigments present in human body like melanin, haemoglobin, carotene. However this melanin when secreted in excess, can lead to brownish, blackish, or bluish discoloration of gingiva, and this discoloration is denoted by the term hyperpigmentation, and the procedure to overcome this hyperpigmentation is called as depigmentation. Present case report is on a 21 years old female whose chief complaint was visual blackish display of gums while smiling. So the procedure depigmentation was done by surgical scalpel by scraping method, and the patient showed better results following two weeks after procedure.

Key Messages: Esthetic dentistry is a recently emerging branch. People now a days are much more concern about the gingival esthetics and smile design, as they want their smile to be beautiful in order to boost up their confidence. . One of the gingival esthetic for which the people are concerned are the hyperpigmented gingiva. Gingival depigmentation is the process to remove this abnormal pigmented gingiva. The clinician must have a knowledge as for which condition, which type of gingival depigmentation technique can be applie so as in order to make the treatment successful.

Keywords: Smile, Gingiva, Hyperpigmentation, Melanin, Depigmentation

How to cite : Bharadwaj P, Siddiqui A, A case report on gingival depigmentation by scraping method by scalpel. IP Int J Periodontol Implantol 2021;6(3):171-173

Copyright © 2021 by author(s) and IP Int J Periodontol Implantol. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org)

Article History

Received : 13-08-2021

Accepted : 08-09-2021

Available online : 11-10-2021

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