Background: Gingivectomy is used in the elimination of suprabony periodontal pockets or pockets not extending beyond mucogingival junction. Hence; the present study was planned for assessing and comparing the efficacy of Aceclofenac and Ibuprofen in controlling the postoperative pain in patients undergoing gingivectomy. Materials & methods: A total of 60 patients who were scheduled to undergo gingivectomy were included and analyzed. All the patients were broadly divided into three study groups with 20 patients in each group; Group 1 (100mg tab Aceclofenac group orally), Group 2 (400 mg Ibuprofen group) and group 3 (Placebo- Control group). All the drugs were administered 30 minutes before the gingivectomy procedure. Postoperative pain was assessed through VAS (Visual analogue score) on a scale of 0 to 0 with 0 indicating no pain and 10 indicating worse severe pain. All the surgical procedures were carried out in local anaesthesia. Results: Among patients of group 1, mean VAS postoperatively at 8 hours, 15 hours, 24 hours and day 2 was found to be 1.3, 0.9, 0.5 and 0.3 respectively. Among patients of group 2, mean VAS postoperatively at 8 hours, 15 hours, 24 hours and day 2 was found to be 1.9, 1.5, 0.5 and 0.4 respectively. Among patients of group 3, mean VAS postoperatively at 8 hours, 15 hours, 24 hours and day 2 was found to be 2.1, 1.6, 0.9 and 0.4 respectively. While comparing the mean VAS at different time intervals in between the three study groups, significant results were obtained only at 8 hours postoperatively. Conclusion: Efficacy of Aceclofenac in controlling postoperative pain was better after gingivectomy procedure in comparison to Ibuprofen then when administered 30 minutes preoperatively.
Key words: Aceclofenac, Gingivectomy, Ibuprofen