The effect of non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma application on wound healing after gingivectomy

Kusakci-Seker B., Demirayak-Akdemir M.

INTERNATIONAL WOUND JOURNAL, vol.17, no.5, pp.1376-1383, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/iwj.13379
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1376-1383
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Recent studies have indicated the potential benefits of Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma (NTAPP) as a novel therapeutic approach. The purpose of the current study was thus to assess the effect of NTAPP on gingival wound healing. Fifteen patients with bilaterally symmetrical gingival hyperplasia were included in the study. After gingivectomy and gingivoplasty, the left-hand side of the symmetrical surgical area was irradiated with NTAPP (plasma jet kINPen 11). Digital photographs of the gingival wounds were taken at baseline and days 3, 7, and 14. Wound epithelialisation was evaluated. Landry Wound Healing Index (WHI) scores and visual analogue scale (VAS) scores were also recorded. There were significant differences between the epithelialisation of the NTAPP-treated sites and the control sites after the surgical procedures. The NTAPP-treated sites had significantly smaller stained surface areas compared with the control sites on the 3rd, 7(th), and 14th days (P < .05). The NTAPP-treated sites had better WHI scores than the control sites throughout the follow-up period (P < .05). It can be concluded that NTAPP enhances epithelialisation and stimulates wound healing after gingivectomy and gingivoplasty. However, further clinical studies with larger sample sizes are needed to determine the exact benefits of NTAPP for gingival wound healing.