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Dent Today. 2011 Feb;30(2):114-6; quiz 116, 113.

Gingival abscess removal using a soft-tissue laser.

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Department of General Dental Sciences, Marquette University School of Dentistry, USA.


A case of acute inflammatory enlargement of gingival tissue in the form of a gingival abscess is presented in this paper. Its clinical features and histopathologic presentation are described. The etiology of this condition could be a variety of sources such as microbial plaque infection, trauma, and foreign body impaction. In this case, treatment included complete excision by the means of a 810-nm soft-tissue diode laser, which resulted in resolution of the abscess and clinical wound healing within approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Prognosis was excellent due to early diagnosis and immediate treatment.

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