CASE REPORT Aesthetic Treatment of Gingival Hyperpigmentation by Er:YAG Laser

Gingival hyperpigmentation may cause aesthetic problems and embarrassment, especially in patients with a gummy smile. This report presents the use of the Er:YAG laser (settings: 250 mJ, LP mode, 15 Hz, with water and air) for gingival depigmentation. This patient’s treatment required about 20 to 25 minutes for completion of the procedure. Ablation of the gingival hyperpigmented areas was accomplished without bleeding complications or postoperative pain. The patient was evaluated three months after completion of the treatment and no recurrence of hyperpigmentation had been found.

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