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International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry



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Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 38 (2018), Supplement     28. Aug. 2018
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 38 (2018), Supplement  (28.08.2018)

Supplement, Page 45-48

Treatment of Physiologic Gingival Pigmentation with Surgical Blade: A 25-Year Follow-up
Wise, Roger J. / Chen, Chia-Yu / Kim, David M.
Gingival hyperpigmentation in the anterior region in people with a high smile line is an esthetic concern. Gingival depigmentation can be achieved through various procedures. Most techniques have shown successful short-term results; however, recurrence is observed in 50% of patients after 2 to 4 years. A 46-yearold woman presenting with a large black zone of gingival hyperpigmentation in the anterior maxilla was treated with scalpel blade excision. At 25 years after the depigmentation procedure, the patient displayed no recurrence.