Comparative evaluation of wound healing after ErCr:YSGG laser gingivectomy over conventional scalpel gingivectomy
Authors: Amit Kumar Srivastava*,Prasanta Bandyopadhyay
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Introduction: In this scientific era of high technologic advancement, lots of progress has been made in the field of dentistry. LASER is one of the most important latest additions in the existing list of advanced equipment. In the last 3-decades laser have made a mark in the field of medicine as a useful alternative to conventional method of therapy as well as in dentistry too.
Aims and Objectives: The aims and objectives of present study was to evaluate the wound healing after ErCr:YSGG laser gingivectomy over conventional scalpel gingivectomy.
Materials and Methods: Twenty patients (20) with a total of Forty (40) quadrants of gingival enlargements were selected for external bevel gingivectomy. Patients divided into following groups: Group-A (Test Group) After phase1 therapy remaining suprabony pocket /enlarged gingiva removed by laser gingivectomy using Er,Cr:YSGG laser in 20 patients. Group-B (Control Group): After phase1 therapy remaining suprabony pocket/enlarged gingiva removed by conventional scalpel gingivectomy in 20 patients. Wound Healing were evaluated at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 14th, 28th day after gingivectomy.
Results and Conclusion: All peroperative and postoperative records were compared between test & control groups.No statistically significant difference found in healing between laser gingivectomy and scalpel gingivectomy but to draw a definite conclusion regarding the wound healing efficacy of Er,Cr:YSGG lasers, further study involving higher number of samples are warranted.