Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64--66

Aesthetic management of gum hyperpigmentation by a simple technique

Anshul Singhal, Dhruvakumar Deepa 
 Department of Periodontology, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dhruvakumar Deepa
Department of Periodontology, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

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Singhal A, Deepa D. Aesthetic management of gum hyperpigmentation by a simple technique.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2015;8:64-66

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An attractive smile is a prerequisite for an aesthetic face. Garguilo described various components of the periodontium, giving mean dimensions of 1.07 mm for the connective tissue, 0.97 mm for the epithelial attachment and 0.69 mm for the sulcus depth. [1] Crown lengthening is a periodontal resective procedure aimed at removing supporting periodontal structures to gain sound tooth structure above the alveolar crest level. Gingivoplasty corrects the remaining thick and un-naturally shaped gingival tissue left after the gingivectomy procedure and exposes the hidden teeth. [2] Here, we present a case of aesthetic periodontal therapy to enhance the smile of the patient undergoing orthodontic treatment.

A 14-year-old male patient reported to the Department of Periodontology, referred from the department of Orthodontics, Subharti Dental College and Hospital, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh with the chief complaint of swelling of the gums in the upper teeth region and hyperpigmentation. There was no relevant medical, dental or family history. Intraoral examination revealed orthodontic molar bands and brackets on all maxillary teeth. Oral hygiene was poor, marginal and papillary gingiva appeared red and enlarged in the maxillary arch. There was increased melanin pigmentation in both arches [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]. The patient was informed about the treatment plan and written consent was obtained before the surgical procedures. The initial periodontal therapy comprising of scaling and root planing was performed and the patient was recalled after 1 week. Crown lengthening and depigmentation were performed under local anesthesia on the upper anterior sextant, followed by gingivoplasty. Soft tissue removal for crown-lengthening procedure was done and pigmented epithelium was removed by electrosurgery by sweeping movements of electrode tip. Periodontal dressing (Coe-pack) was placed on the surgical wound [Figure 4]. Patient was recalled after 1 week [Figure 5]. Same procedures were performed on both the sides of maxillary arch and also depigmentation was done on lower anterior teeth during the same visit [Figure 6], [Figure 7], [Figure 8]. Chlorhexidine mouthwash was prescribed twice a day daily for 3 weeks. Amoxicillin and paracetamol were given three times a day for 5 days. Patient was recalled after 2 weeks [Figure 9], [Figure 10], [Figure 11] 3 months [Figure 12] and 4 months [Figure 13] for regular follow-up. {Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}{Figure 6}{Figure 7}{Figure 8}{Figure 9}{Figure 10}{Figure 11}{Figure 12}{Figure 13}

The present case report describes a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to improve smile line together with periodontal plastic surgery. The treatment results showed stability over time and a pleasant smile was achieved. It has been shown that 3 mm between the preparation margin and alveolar bone maintains periodontal health for 4-6 months. [3] This 3 mm constitutes for 1 mm supracrestal connective tissue attachment, 1 mm junctional epithelium and 1 mm for gingival sulcus on an average. This allows for adequate biologic width even when the restoration margins are placed 0.5 mm within the gingival sulcus. [4]

Selection of a technique for depigmentation of the gingiva should be based on clinical experience, patient's affordability and individual preferences. Although scalpel surgical technique for depigmentation is highly recommended being, cost effective with a faster healing period, its limitations include bleeding during the procedure and pain and discomfort after the procedure. Semiconductor diode laser 800 to 980-nm wavelength is highly absorbed by hemoglobin and other pigments as compared to other lasers. [5] Electrosurgery is a viable alternative as it is cost effective as compared to a laser. Regular maintenance visits, patient co-operation and motivation are important for improved success of interdisciplinary procedures to maintain an aesthetic smile health.


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