GUM DEPIGMENTATION & BLEACHING
GUM DEPIGMENTATION & BLEACHING IN LOS ANGELES
Gum depigmentation, also known as gum bleaching, is a cosmetic periodontal procedure used to remove dark spots on the gums. Normal, healthy gum tissue will typically appear pale pink in color. However, in the case of gum depigmentation, 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 utilize advanced technology coupled with cutting-edge techniques to perform various periodontal treatments in Los Angeles to restore their patients’ oral health and help them smile confidently again. A gum depigmentation procedure can be performed using several techniques, and successfully removes the dark spots on the gums caused by excess melanin. The treatment results in healthy looking gum tissue, and will reveal a more attractive smile that will have you showing off your full beautiful smile with excitement!
HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE DARK GUMS
Typically, healthy gums should appear pale pink in color. However, people with darker complections may experience a brown shade on their gums, due to their natural extra melanin production. Some people are born with darker gums, as it is a genetic component, while others may experience changes in gum tissue color as a result of varying factors. Because these changes may be indicative of prominent underlying issues, it is imperative to be aware of changes in gum tissue color, and see a periodontist if you notice changes in color. Changes can include dark spots, brown spots, or patches.
Gum Depigmentation Causes
Dark spots on your gums can be caused by several components. It is important to see an expert periodontist in Los Angeles to properly diagnose and treat your issue, as it may be a sign of a larger health complication. Normal, healthy gums are light pink in color. Due to factors such as complexion, the body’s natural melanin production or genetic components, gum pigmentation may appear darker. Most commonly, dark gums are caused when a person’s body naturally produces more melanin. This will create an overall darker appearance of the gums. However it is important to differentiate between darker gums, and dark spots or patches that may appear. See below for how to know when you have dark gums, and the potential causes.
Gum pigmentation manifests differently for every patient. Some people notice small, dark spots on their gums, while others experience vast black or brown patches. Depending on what you’re experiencing, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky will create a personalized treatment plan focused on your unique case. While pigmentation is not medically dangerous, many patients feel that the condition is aesthetically displeasing, and opt for this procedure to help restore their confidence. Gum depigmentation is a simple, minimally invasive treatment that 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 also lead to periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, smoking and/or the extended use of certain medications. Although anyone can suffer from gum pigmentation, people with darker complexions tend to naturally possess higher levels of melanin which in turn can result in a darker shade of gum tissue.
There are two common versions of gum depigmentation treatments. The two techniques that Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitisky use to perform gum depigmentation treatments in Los Angeles are surgical and laser ablation techniques. If a patient is treated with laser gum depigmentation, Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky will utilize a dental laser to targets and ablates melanocytes, or the melanin-producing cells in the gums, to reduces the production of melanin. When the tissue heals, the new cells are lighter, create a more uniform light pink color of the gums, to achieve a natural, healthy look.
Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky possess unique expertise in periodontal corrective treatments. The second treatment performed by Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky utilizes advanced technology to treat gum pigmentation in Los Angeles, at their Brentwood periodontal practice. Using only the most cutting-edge equipment available, they perform a state-of-the-art microdermabrasion technique to remove the pigmented areas of the gum, to 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, so the resulting gums appear natural and healthy. Our patients achieve flawless outcomes of lighter, more attractive gums after surgery, as well as increased confidence because they love their new smiles!
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.
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