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GUM DEPIGMENTATION & BLEACHING

GUM DEPIGMENTATION & BLEACHING

Gum depigmentation is a cosmetic periodontal procedure used to remove dark spots on the gums. While the normal tissue color is pale pink, abnormally high amounts of melanin can cause dark spots and patches to appear on the tissue. This discoloration can affect the appearance of your smile and result in decreased confidence and self-esteem for many men and women.  At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky perform various periodontal treatments in the Los Angeles community to restore their patients’ oral health. A gum depigmentation surgery will reveal more attractive gums that will have you showing off your full beautiful smile.

Gum Depigmentation Causes

Gum pigmentation manifests differently for every patient. Some people notice small, dark spots on the gums, while others experience vast black or brown patches. While pigmentation is not medically dangerous, many patients feel that the condition is aesthetically displeasing. Gum depigmentation can help you achieve the healthy-looking smile you desire.  A number of factors can contribute to gum pigmentation including genetics, poor dental hygiene, which can lead to periodontitis, smoking and extended use of certain medications. Although anyone can suffer from gum pigmentation, people with darker complexions tend to naturally possess higher levels of melanin creating a darker shade of gum tissue.

Treatments

There are two common versions of gum depigmentation treatments, surgical and laser ablation techniques. In laser gum depigmentation, a dental laser targets and ablates melanocytes, or the melanin producing cells in the gums, which reduces the production of melanin. When the tissue heals, the new cells are lighter and create a more uniform color of the gums.

Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky possess unique expertise in periodontal corrective treatments. Utilizing only the most cutting-edge equipment available, they perform a state-of-the-art microdermabrasion technique to remove the pigmented area and reveal the healthy, lighter-colored tissue beneath. One of the benefits of this form of treatment is that it affords the periodontist higher accuracy and control in removing pigmentation. Most patients achieve a great outcome of lighter, more attractive gums after surgery.

Post Surgery Recovery

After undergoing gum depigmentation, patients may experience some discomfort and sensitivity in the gums. However, most people find that over-the-counter pain medications offer effective relief. The rate of success for this periodontal treatment is very high, and most patients achieve the more attractive, lighter-looking smile they desire. Our goal is to ensure all patients enjoy a gentle and painless dental experience.

FAQ

Q: How do I know if I’m suffering from gum pigmentation?
A: Gum pigmentation manifests differently for every patient. Some people notice small, dark spots on the gums, while others experience vast black or brown patches.
Q: Are dark gums a medical problem?
A: While pigmentation is not medically dangerous, many patients feel that the condition is aesthetically displeasing. Gum depigmentation can help you achieve the healthy-looking smile you desire.
Q: What will my gums look like after this periodontal surgery?
A: After undergoing gum depigmentation, most patients find that their gums are lighter and more consistent in color, without dark spots or patches.
Q: What Causes Dark Gums?
A: A number of factors can contribute to gum pigmentation including genetics, poor dental hygiene and smoking. Although anyone can suffer from gum pigmentation, people with darker skin tend to have a greater risk of experiencing melanin buildup. Certain medication also contribute to gum pigmentation.

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Are you in need of fixing your gum pigmentation?

Contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky to discuss the best treatment plan for you!  

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