The need for periodontal dressing after gingival depigmentation procedures

F. X.Andi Wiyanto, Eric Sulistio, Natalina Haerani, Robert Lessang, Felix Hartono

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Periodontal dressings, also known as periodontal packs, have been employed for the past several decades to protect surgical sites, prevent postoperative infections, and accelerate healing. However, there has been much debate regarding whether or not periodontal dressing should be used in all surgical procedures. The present study was performed to evaluate the need for periodontal dressings in gingival depigmentation procedures. A 27-year-old male and a 17-year-old female complained of blackish pigmentation in the anterior part of their gingiva. They had no remarkable medical history, but the male patient had been smoking for years. Both visited the Department of Periodontology within the Faculty of Dentistry at Universitas Indonesia. Two patients with melanin pigmentation on the gingiva were treated with gingival depigmentation. Ablation of gingiva by abrasion with a rotary round bur was performed on the pigmentation site. After surgery, the female patient received a periodontal pack to cover the denuded connective tissue while the male patient did not. Both patients showed good esthetic results and had a satisfactory recovery after the gingival depigmentation treatment. There was no difference in healing between the dressed and non-dressed wounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCase Reports in Dentistry
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781536140439
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2018


  • Gingival depigmentation
  • Periodontal pack
  • Wound healing


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