Department of Periodontology, Izmir Katip Celebi University, 35640, Cigli, Izmir, Turkey. firstname.lastname@example.org. Public Oral Health Care Center, 35560, Karsıyaka, Izmir, Turkey. email@example.com. Department of Periodontology, Izmir Katip Celebi University, 35640, Cigli, Izmir, Turkey. Private Practice, Izmir, Turkey.
OBJECTIVE The aim of this trial was to evaluate the effects of non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma (NAPP) on wound healing, epithelization, local pain, bleeding, and alteration of sensation in palatal donor site. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty patients with inadequate attached gingiva were included in the study. Patients were divided into two groups: (i) NAPP group (Free gingival graft [FGG] +
NAPP) and (ii) control group (FGG alone). NAPP was performed immediately after the operation and on days 3 and 7. Pain, bleeding, and the amount of medication were recorded by patients every day. Epithelization in donor site, alteration of sensation and color match were assessed weekly for 2 months. Inter-group comparisons of continuous variables by time were performed with two-way repeated measures ANOVA test and a general linear model. Categorical variables were compared using Chi-square exact test. A p value of < 0.05 was considered significant. RESULTS At week 2, the number of patients with complete epithelization was greater in the NAPP group compared to the control group (p < 0.05). Additionally, color match in donor site was better in the NAPP group than in the control group (p < 0.05) during the first five follow-up assessments. No significant difference was found between the two groups with regard to bleeding, pain level, drug use, and alteration of sensation. CONCLUSION The NAPP application increased the epithelization and accelerated the wound healing process although it did not decrease the level of pain and sensation. CLINICAL RELEVANCE Our data suggested that the NAPP application may help epithelization and thus may shorten the recovery time after oral surgeries.