Aesthetic laser therapy correction of physiological gingival hyperpigmentation

Dr Gluckman and Dr Du Toit, SA
Accreditation: 1 CME
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Release date: 04/28/2020
Expiry date: 08/06/2020


A beautiful smile is dependent on many factors. One of those factors is the gingival scaffold. Symmetry, proportion, as well as colour and appearance of the gingiva are critical to an aesthetically pleasing smile. Physiological gingival hyperpigmentation does not present as clinical pathology requiring intervention, nonetheless it may be of aesthetic concern to the patient. Minimally invasive intervention by means of cryosurgery, electrosurgery, laser therapy or other may produce dramatic change in the appearance of the patient’s smile with a sustainable, long-term aesthetic outcome. Hereafter a case is presented demonstrating laser therapy removal of gingival hyperpigmentation with stable, pink gingival aesthetics at the 2-year follow-up.

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About the authors

Howard Gluckman BDS, MChD (OMP)
Specialist in periodontics and oral medicine, director of the Implant and Aesthetic Academy

Jonathan Du Toit BChD
Dipl. Implantol., Dip Oral Surg, MSc Dent Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria

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