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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 257-260

Cryosurgery by tetrafluoroethane: An answer to black gums


Department of Periodontics and Oral Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Manoj Kumar
Department of Periodontics and Oral Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Sector 8, Kalinga Nagar, Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar - 751 003
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.113093

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To highlight the effect of 1,1,1,2 tetrafluoroethane (TFE), a new material for cryosurgery of gingival melanin pigmentation (GMP). Five patients were treated using a TFE-cooled swab and the pre- and post-treatment photographs were compared. Complete keratinization took place in 3-4 weeks after application without any trace of pigmentation. During the follow-up period, no side effects were observed and the improved esthetics were maintained upto 1 year.


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