Blackish, Gummy Smile: A Periodontal Approach  

C.D.  Dhalkari1 , Maya  Indurkar1 , Pawan  Sawalakhe1 , Abhishek Singh Nayyar2
1 Department of Periodontology, Government Dental College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saraswati-Dhanwantari Dental College and Hospital and Post-Graduate Research Institute, Parbhani, Maharashtra, India
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International Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 3   doi: 10.5376/ijccr.2016.06.0003
Received: 14 Oct., 2015    Accepted: 20 Nov., 2015    Published: 29 Dec., 2015
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C.D. Dhalkari, Maya Indurkar, Pawan Sawalakhe, and Abhishek Singh Nayyar, 2016, Thyroid Abscess: About Two News Cases, International Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 6(3) 1-3 (doi: 10.5376/ijccr.2016.06.0003)


Introduction: Major determinant of the aesthetics of a smile is the amount of gingival display, which can be excessive in cases of altered passive eruption. Other factor influencing the aesthetics of smile is hyperpigmentation of gingiva.

Case report: A 20 year old girl came with chief complaint of a blackish, gummy smile. On clinical examination blackish pigmentation of gingiva was present with excessive gingival display in anterior region. Hence, patient was considered for depigmentation of gingiva with aesthetic crown lengthening with depigmentation that was achieved with soft tissue diode laser on one side and by scalpel on contralateral side.

Conclusion: Excessive gingival display negatively affects the aesthetics of an individual’s smile. Depigmentation using laser technology procedure can be accomplished with less invasive methods, a more relaxed appointment and less patient discomfort.

Hyperpigmentation; Excessive gummy smile; Lasers
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