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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-42

Comparative evaluation of ER:YAG and Nd:YAG Laser for gingival depigmentation


Department of Conservative and Endodontics, Padmashree Dr. Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil Dental College, Pune, Pimpri, Maharashtra

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Sanjyot Mulay
Department of Conservative and Endodontics, Padmashree Dr. Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil Dental College, Pimpri - 411 018, Pune, Maharashtra

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DOI: 10.4103/0976-2868.118453

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Melanin, carotene, and hemoglobin are the most common natural pigments contributing to the natural color of the gums. Although physiologic and ethnic melanin pigmentation is not a medical problem, complaints about "black gums" are common. Gingival depigmentation has been carried out using surgical, chemical, electrosurgical and cryosurgical procedures. Recently, "laser ablation" has been recognized as one of the most effective, pleasant and reliable techniques. Effective depigmentation of the gingiva requires removal of all or most of the melanocytes from the basal layer of gingival epithelium. In present case report the efficacy of gingival depigmentation using neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) and erbium:YAG (Er:YAG) lasers in same patient was evaluated.


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