Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
Gum pigmentation (gingival pigmentation) is caused by melanin and melanin is a natural substance in the body that is found in freckles, sun spots, age spots. Some people have an overproduction of melanin in their gums. Discoloration may also be caused by long term use of certain medications.
Proper healing is a must for a successful periodontal surgery. Many new dressings are made and tested to reach a perfect dressing to insure complete and fast wound healing. The absorbed (cellulose-based) dressing (Reso-Pac) is the newest dressing. In this study, it is compared with the traditional dressing (Coe-Pack) in healing wounds.
Who can participate?
Healthy patients aged 18 – 40 years who have gingival pigmentation.
What does the study involve?
After surgical removal of gingival pigmentation, participants will receive two different types of wound dressing, one on each side of the mouth. Healing will be assessed for three weeks after the surgery.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The benefit is the potential for faster healing. The risks will be to have an allergic reaction towards the new dressing
Where is the study run from?
Damascus University Department of Periodontology (Syria)
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
November 2019 to January 2021.
Who is funding the study?
Damascus University (Syria)
Who is the main contact?
Dr Rudwan Kazwini
Dr Rudwan Kazwini
Mashrou Dummar Jazereh 19 Al-Ameen building
A comparison between eugenol-free dressing (Coe-Pack) and absorbed dressing (Reso-Pac) after surgical removal of gingival pigmentation (spilt mouth study)
The new cellulose-based dressing (Reso-Pac) will be more successful in healing wounds compared to the traditional dressing (Coe-Pack)
Approved 18/6/2019, Damascus University Ethics Board (Mazzeh Highway, Damascus, Syria; +963 1133923486; email@example.com), ref: co2733
Split mouth randomized controlled trial
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised controlled trial
Patient information sheet
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Surgical removal of gingival pigmentation on the maxillary using surgical scallop and putting the absorbed dressing Cellulose based (reso-pac) randomly on one side and the typical eugenol-free dressing (Coe-pak) on the other side.
Randomisation: a coin is used to determine which side to put the absorbed dressing (Reso-pac) and the eugenol-free dressing (Coe-pack)
Patients were followed up for three weeks after surgery.
Primary outcome measure
1. Pain: each day for 1 week post-surgery using VAS (scale 0-100)
2. Induced pain: 1 week after surgery using air abrasion of 5 seconds on every side using VAS (scale 0-100)
3. Epithelial re-formation: using blue toluidine in 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks after surgery
4. Healing: using Lundry Healing index Criteria (1988) 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks after surgery
Secondary outcome measures
Time (s) of dressing application measured using a stopwatch
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Reason abandoned (if study stopped)
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Healthy patient with gingival pigmentation grade 3 and 4 on the maxillary
2. Aged between 18 - 40 years
3. Good oral hygiene
Target number of participants
10 patients (20 surgical site 2 for each patient)
Participant exclusion criteria
1. Systematic disease and hormone disorder
2. Medication that could lead to gingival pigmentation
5. Pregnant and breastfeeding
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
Department of Periodontology Mazzah Highway
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Planned publication in a high-impact peer-reviewed journal.
IPD sharing statement:
The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Available on request
Basic results (scientific)