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Article: Volume 44 Number 2 Page 158 - February 2017

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Periodontics:  Gingival Depigmentation by Free Gingival Autograft- A Case Series

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Abstract: A pleasing smile is desired by all, and forms the main focus of aesthetic dentistry. However, pigmented gums can be a major cause of embarrassment for patients, especially those with a gummy smile. Attempts have been made to meet these cosmetic demands by various methods such as using a surgical blade, diamond burs, electrosurgery, cryosurgery or a laser, but with limited results. Therefore, in the present case series, a free gingival autograft was used for treating gingival melanin hyperpigmentation with a follow-up of six months with no signs of repigmentation.

Clinical relevance: This review outlines a method of free gingival autograft as a treatment modality for gingival pigmentation.

Author notes: Vikas V Pakhare, Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics (drvikaspakhare@gmail.com), Pavan Bajaj, Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics, ML Bhongade, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Shilpa BS, Postgraduate Student, Department of Periodontics, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DU), Nagpur, Maharashtra State, India.

Objective: To evaluate effectiveness of free gingival graft for the management of melanin hyperpigmentation of gingiva.