Dark Gums Treatment
Using Laser Correction
Lighten Your Gums & Brighten Your Smile!
Is your confidence to smile compromised due to your dark-colored gums?We have a perfect solution for you! We will resolve your problem by performing a treatment called gum depigmentation. Gum depigmentation is a cosmetic dark gums treatment and a periodontal procedure that removes dark spots on the gum. It is also known as gum bleaching or gum lightening. Though it is called gum bleaching, no bleaching agents are used on the gums because they will damage the gum tissue. Dr. Adatrow will use a laser to lighten your gums as it is less invasive and has a higher success rate than other treatment modalities.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Dark Gums Treatment
What causes dark gums?
Overall, black or dark gums are caused by an excess of melanin in the skin. Melanin pigment makes the skin darker. Persons with darker skin appear to have black gums because they have more melanin in their bodies, of course. Not everyone with dark skin has black gums — this is more reliant on genetics. Smoking and some medication can also cause darkening of gums. The condition of having darker gums is also called gum pigmentation.
Why should I be concerned about the color of my gums?
Usually, gums are pink in color for Europeans and brownish for darker-skinned people. However, gums can lose their color and become pale or change their color into blackish, reddish, or bluish shades due to smoking, medications, drug poisoning, and underlying systemic conditions like Addison's disease. So, it is essential to be vigilant of your gum color to diagnose a disease in its early stages.
What is gum depigmentation?
Gum depigmentation is a cosmetic periodontal procedure that removes dark spots on the gum. It is also known as gum bleaching or gum lightening. Though it is called gum bleaching, no bleaching agents are used on the gums because they will damage the gum tissue. Mostly, a laser or microdermabrasion are utilized to lighten the gums.
How painful is gum depigmentation?
Dr. Adatrow will give local anesthesia to keep you from experiencing any pain. However, after the anesthetic wears off, you might experience some pain or discomfort, which can be managed by taking over the counter analgesics or painkillers.
How does smoking cause gum discoloration?
Smoking causes discoloration of gums and is known as a smoker's melanosis. Specialized cells in the body called melanocytes make melanin. The nicotine in tobacco stimulates melanocytes to produce more melanin, resulting from which gums tend to turn black or brown. The color change can be in patches or the entire mouth. Research has found that this discoloration can be reversed when smoking is ceased.
What is laser gum depigmentation?
Laser gum depigmentation is a form of gum lightening that gently uses a laser to lighten gum color. The gums will go from a very dark brown hue to a very sharp, pink shade in a single procedure depending on the patient's preference. If the gum color has not been achieved with the desired pigmentation, our dental team's re-visits are scheduled.
What are post-treatment measures for gum depigmentation?
Patients may have mild pain and sensitivity in the gums following gum depigmentation. However, over-the-counter medicines are useful in providing pain relief in most patients. This periodontal therapy has a high success rate, and many patients get the lighter and more appealing smile they seek. We aim to ensure a pleasant and painless dental experience for all our patients.
How is laser gum depigmentation performed?
Gum depigmentation is a straightforward, easy, and painless treatment. The laser detects the dark pigment and extracts the gum's dark layer from the gum's surface up to the desired hue. The depigmentation of gum may be achieved on a small spot or a whole gum surface. This treatment leaves our patients with luminous gums and a bright smile, requiring little-to-no recovery.